In 2010, the Legislature created the Council on Local Results and Innovation. In February 2011, the Council released a standard set of ten performance measures for counties and ten performance measures for cities that will aid residents, taxpayers, and state and local elected officials in determining the efficacy of counties and cities in providing services, and measure residents' opinions of those services. Participation in the standard measures program by a city or a county is voluntary. Counties and cities that choose to participate in the standard measures program must officially adopt the 10 performance benchmarks developed by the Council on Local Results and Innovations, and implement them in 2011.
Benefits and Reporting Requirements
A county or city that elected to participate in the standard measures program for 2011 is eligible for a reimbursement of $0.14 per capita in local government aid, not to exceed $25,000 and is also exempt from levy limits under sections 275.70 to 275.74 for taxes payable in 2012, if levy limits are in effect. In order to receive the per capita reimbursement in 2011, and levy limit exemption for calendar year 2012, counties and cities had to:
File a report with the Office of the State Auditor by July 1, 2011. This report consisted of a declaration approved by the city council or county board stating that the city/county had adopted the corresponding 10 performance measures developed by the Council.
Participating Cities and Counties
The following cities and counties elected to participate in the Performance Measures Program, and successfully reported to the Office of the State Auditor. The Office of the State Auditor then certified them to the Department of Revenue.
|Annandale||Apple Valley||Arden Hills|
|Cokato||Columbia Heights||Coon Rapids|
|East Grand Forks||Edina||Elk River|
|Elko New Market||Falcon Heights||Fergus Falls|
|Lake City||Lake Elmo||Lakeville|
|Morris||New Hope||New Prague|
|New Ulm||Newport||North Saint Paul|
|Prior Lake||Proctor||Red Wing|
|Saint Charles||Saint Cloud||Saint Joseph|
|Saint Martin||Saint Michael||Saint Paul|
|South St. Paul||Thief River Falls||Wabasha|
|West Saint Paul||White Bear Lake||Willow River|