January 4, 2007
1. Describe your project idea, including clearly defining the problems and specific policy questions to be addressed.
I would like to see how individual departments such as police,fire,recreation and public works budgets compare to other city's.
2. Why is this problem important?
Taxpayers only see their total tax and should see how specific services compare to other local jurisdictions. confuse city,county & school
3. How could the Citizens League make a unique contribution?
I personally would like to see, (bad or good) on how Shakopee compares to other city's on just the city's portion of their taxs bill. I would also be interested where the Administration, Police, Fire, Park & rec. and Public Works Departments all compare to other cities.
4. What are prospects that project would yield recommendations that could be implemented and have a major impact on the problem?
I understand that all budgets are different, in our case Public Works handles Street, Park, Sanitary & Storm utilities, Fleet maintenance and Forestry. Some other Public Works Department may also have water. I would think we are conservative with our budgets for the quality of service we provide. Knowing where we stand would help us re-think our philosophy if we are on the wrong end of the scale.
5. Explain how this problem can be addressed by data, research, and reason? Identify probable sources for data and research.
Research all cities services and budgets and compare accordingly.
6. Explain how this proposal can be framed without partisan bias.
All city's have certain standards that the public exspects, some are written and some are not but all departments believe they are providing the service for the buck. If we know how stand we can better share our experience and knowledge to better all cities. To my knowledge no one has gone this far in comparing city's
7. Why would this project be attractive to members?
To give a better understanding of where their city falls in comparison to other city's in the services provided.
8. How would this project reach out to under-represented segments of the community?
No one should be under represented by Public Services.
9. What is the potential for making this issue visible to a broader public? Why?
Knowledge never hurt anyone, it teaches us how to do better.
10. What resources—funding, experts, etc. might be available to support this project?
Posted by Victoria Ford at January 4, 2007 11:33 AM