The point of this post is not to argue the amount of the Red Wing Library’s budget, but rather to challenge the assertion that our library has been gutted.
“It shouldn’t be hard for people to understand,” said Marshall Hallock, Finance Director of Red Wing, of the impact of LGA cuts during Tim Pawlenty’s two terms as governor. “We’ve gutted our library, made a 13 percent cut in the workforce, cut everywhere.” (from MinnPost.com Feb. 25, 2011) Comments made in St. Paul at a gathering of local officials opposing cuts to LGA.
From the City’s official website, the Red Wing Library budget spending for 2011 is $1,134,568. In 2000, it was $747,255. A 51.8% increase.
We are spending almost $400,000 every year more than we were only a few years ago.
So, where is the gutting?
This is part of a much larger problem. Your tax dollars are being spent by the City to hire lobbyists, who in turn, write talking points for the City to use to scare you into believing that there are only two choices in response to cuts to local government aid (LGA). The City is telling you that if LGA is cut, you either get increased property taxes, or we are going to axe your city services.