2011 City of Red Wing Spending Comparisons

Ever wonder how Red Wing’s municipal spending compares to other cities?

For example, Red Wing spends 41% more per capita than Northfield.  How is that?

Or consider this, Austin, with a population about 50% greater than Red Wing’s, spends less on general government spending than Red Wing.

If Red Wind spent per capita the same as Winona our budget would be nearly $6 million dollars less.  Some serious money.  Why is Red Wing ranked 25th out of 226 cities in per capita spending?

Former City council President Ralph Rauterkus showed no interest in trying to find explanations for our city’s spending.  Hopefully, Lisa Bayley, the current council president, will.  We need answers.

Take a look at the report here.

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Red Wing’s Profile in Courage Award for March 2013

Ralph Rauterkus

Ralph Rauterkus

Last night city council member Ralph Rauterkus took on a local nonprofit that was trying to save the city the $300,000 it will cost to mothball the city’s municipal golf course this season.  Mr. Rauterkus, unshaken by broad public support for the nonprofit, was able to have the issue pulled from the agenda.  Rauterkus, the Director of Information Systems at Polar Semiconductor, was able to keep information about the nonprofit’s new proposal out of the public arena.

Some call this payback as one of the founders of the nonprofit challenged Rauterkus in last Fall’s election, but whatever his motives, I call this courage.

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Republican Eagle Poll – Right move to keep MNGL?

Poll.

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Red Wing City Council video discussion of sale of MNGL

Watch the Council meeting discussion of the sale of MNGL at about 1 hour 30 minutes. Closed session for about an hour after that, then back on for final discussion and vote. Watch.  The Council voted 7-0 against the sale.

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Deep In Debt, Pa.’s Capital Faces State Takeover | Minnesota Public Radio News

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania could vote in the coming days to take control of the capital city, Harrisburg. The city faces a crushing debt of more than $300 million related to its trash incinerator. It’s also struggling with internal political battles between the mayor and City Council.

via Deep In Debt, Pa.’s Capital Faces State Takeover | Minnesota Public Radio News.

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Google pushes small Minn. businesses to get online | Minnesota Public Radio News

Google pushes small Minn. businesses to get online | Minnesota Public Radio News.

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Red Wing City Council Rejects Sale of Mississippi National Golf Links

On a 7-0 vote, the Red Wing City Council rejected an offer to sell MNGL to the current Lessee.  This was a sound rebuke of  the dump the golf course crowd.

A $1.2 million bond comes due on November 1st, which is the sole responsibility of the Lessee.

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