Local Government Aid ("LGA") is an important property tax relief and equalization program. The program‟s purpose is to ensure property tax fairness across the state of Minnesota and to ensure that every Minnesotan, regardless of where they live in the State, has access to a basic level of public services. To read entire article 'click here'.
Goodhue County Habitat For Humanity - ReStore Red Wing is being considered as a possible location for a new Habitat for Humanity program. At the October meeting of the Sustainability Commission, Dustin Harford, a VISTA with Habitat for Humanity presented the basics of the "Restore" program, and the necessary steps to develop this program in Red Wing.A ReStore is a Habitat for Humanity program which sells donated new, used, and discontinued building materials at affordable prices. The products sold at ReStores are most often donated by individuals but also come from stores, manufacturers, and contrac… Read full article »
At the August 23, 2010, City Council meeting, staff reported on three processes used to gather citizen input on the budget situation, which included an ongoing web open ended comment site, a white pad located at the Library for ideas/comments, and a non-scientific phone survey of residents (click to view web site survey; Library white pad comments; telephone survey). Both the web site comments and the Library white pad were inexpensive options that required minor staff time and were completely open ended idea/comment opportunities. The telephone survey was a more structured approach to gather… Read full article »
Beginning September 1, 2010, Monarch Paving Company of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin will begin the milling of bituminous pavement and construction of bituminous overlay on several streets in Red Wing. These streets will have flaggers, lane closures in both directions, and traffic interruptions at various stages of construction. This project, when completed, will provide an improved driving surface for the public. The effected streets are as follows:BROOKS AVENUE - 971’ South of Pioneer Road to Pioneer Road CEDAR STREET – 4th Street West to 3rd Street WestGRACE STREET &n… Read full article »
The following public meetings with citizens have been scheduled to discuss and receive input on the citizen survey and an update on the City’s budget status:Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Public Works lunch room, 229 Tyler Road North.Monday, August 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 315 West 4th Street.
In the last month city staff has received questions regarding the fleet replacement policy for Public Works vehicles. Each type of vehicle or machinery has a different replacement schedule. Looking at our "Plan-it" software for CIP will show the following targeted replacement schedules:Pickup Truck - 18-20 years¾ Ton Pickup Truck - 15-17years4x4 Pickup Truck/Snow Plow - 10-12 yearsOne-Ton Dump Truck/Snow Plow - 10-12 yearsSingle Axle Dump Truck/Snow Plow - 15-16 yearsTandem Axle Dump Truck/Snow Plow - 15 yearsTransitional Truck - 12-13 yearsAerial Lift Truck - 30 yearsStreet Sweeper - 12 year… Read full article »
Please follow the link to submit your ideas! The City of Red Wing has declining revenues due to the State's reduction in Local Government Aid. The City Council requests your help in identifying ways to cut city services and/or enhance revenues. Please provide the requested information and submit a suggestion or comment. Information submitted in this form, along, with information gathered through a citizen survey will be shared at two public meetings in late August. Mayor Howe, and members of the Red Wing City Council appreciate your engagement in this critical City issue.http://www.red-wing.org/budgetcommentssuggestions.html
2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Marshall Hallock, Director, Finance Department The accounting firm of Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP recently concluded their audit of the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The City of Red Wing was issued the highest audit opinion possible - an unqualified opinion. It states that, in the auditor’s opinion, the City of Red Wing’s financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, its financial position and the results of operations and cash flows. City Staff will work diligently to ensure that the City’s f… Read full article »
Negatively Impacting Your Property Taxes and Public Services In February, Governor Pawlenty unveiled his supplemental budget proposal to resolve the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. The Governor’s proposal disproportionately directs cuts to property tax relief programs including the Local Government Aid (LGA) and Market Value Homestead Credit (MVHC) programs, which will negatively impact property taxes and public services. The Governor’s proposal to further reduce LGA and MVHC are of such magnitude that they could devastate rural M… Read full article »
Marshall Hallock, Director, Finance Division The essence of the City of Red Wing's organizational mission is to provide quality services at an affordable price. To achieve this, strong leadership is required to bring the community together, prioritize use of resources and, wherever appropriate, collaborate with outside partners to build and renew the community. As part of the Truth-in-Taxation process, the City of Red Wing is required to follow certain procedures in the adoption of its levy and operating budget. Based on state statute requirements, cities had to certify preliminary proposed 2010 pro… Read full article »