Category Archives: Accountability

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?

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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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How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can’t – USATODAY.com

How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can’t – USATODAY.com.

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The GOP War on Voting | Rolling Stone Politics

“Voting rights are under attack in America,” Rep. John Lewis, who was brutally beaten in Alabama while marching during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, observed during an impassioned speech on the House floor in July. “There’s a deliberate and systematic attempt to prevent millions of elderly voters, young voters, students, minority and low-income voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in the democratic process.”

The GOP War on Voting | Rolling Stone Politics.

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CITY 101| How Property Taxes are Calculated

If you want a better understanding of how property taxes are calculated take a look at these great videos prepared by the Richfield City Manager.

CITY 101.

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