Here you will find Red Wing city spending compared to other cities. This I prepared from data from the Minnesota State Auditor’s Office. It shows our rank among 225 other cities for General Government spending, Police & Ambulance, and current expenditures. 2008 was the most current data available. While Red Wing has taken big cuts in LGA, so have other cities.
I used the same cities I’ve used in other comparisons. Look at the General Government spending per capita. Does it really cost twice as much to run city government in Red Wing than is does in many other cities? If so, why? Is this not an economic development issue?
How is it that from 2003 to 2008, General Government spending went up 62%, at the same time Police and Fire were being cut? The comparison is here.
Here is the combined data from the Auditor’s office from which I drafted the comparisons.