Even though Gov. Dayton vetoed the tax bill, which included NAIOP’s expenditure type reporting proposal, the support and momentum for the proposal continues…
From the front page of the July 5th Independent Review, Litchfield, Minnesota:
Groups seek transparency in local government
Several Litchfield business leaders and members of the Chamber of Commerce met on June 28th with representatives from NAIOP Minnesota to discuss a possible demonstration project modeled after proposed legislation and aimed at creating more transparency in local government.
“…the project will show that Litchfield spends taxpayer dollars wisely. What better way to demonstrate that Litchfield and Meeker County are great places to do business.”
–Dee Schutte, Executive Director, Litchfield Chamber of Commerce
Read the article
The St. Paul Pioneer Press appreciates NAIOP’s work to advance Expenditure Type Reporting:
Asking Better Budget Questions
“…five years of cuts have left us very few places to look to cut further.”
Message from Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul
“All the more reason, it seems, to take a long and serious look at what’s driving costs higher…we appreciate work to advance legislation requiring cities and counties to report more information in a way that helps residents understand local spending trends…championed by the Minnesota Taxpayers Association and the Minnesota chapter of the commercial real estate organization, NAIOP.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press Editorial, Thursday, July 12th
From the July 10th edition of NAIOP Source, the weekly e-newsletter from NAIOP Corporate:
Transparency in local government moving forward in Minnesota in spite of Governor’s veto
NAIOP Minnesota is now working with local municipalities to establish pilot programs that will demonstrate the benefits of reporting local budgets based on spending type.