And just like that, Minnesota, it's a new season! How'd we know? The Sept.-Oct. issue of Minnesota Cities magazine is now available, of course. Inside you'll find the 2016 property tax report—a plain-language analysis of what current property tax rates mean for Minnesota cities across the state.
Looking to be inspired after crunching the numbers?
Here's some more highlights:
See how the 2016 C.C. Ludwig and James F. Miller Leadership award winners—Oak Park Heights Mayor Mary McComber and Shoreview City Manager Terry Schwerm, respectively—started their careers (surprise: one of them was a reluctant joiner of the local gov world) and built legacies that will last in "League Celebrates Oustanding City Leaders."
At a recent Mosquito Heights City Council meeting, councilmember Elvira Gulch carefully presented all her facts and arguments explaining her position on a city issue—but barely got a mention in a reporter's recap of the discussion. What gives? In the new Message Matters column, you will find tools and ideas to help craft memorable messages and connect with your audience about city issues. Check out "Message Matters—You Hold the Keys to Memorable Messaging."
Are you facing down a transportation mega-project of unfundable, unmangeable size? See how the city of Anoka got to the heart of the biggest transportation problem in their city and found right-sized solutions that can deliver for half the pricetag in "Right-Sizing Transportation Projects for Success."
We're not done yet! Hear what executive director Dave Unmacht has to say on achieving racial equity in his latest St. Paul to City Hall dispatch; catch up on the latest court decisions that could affect your city's operations in From the Bench; and check in with two city staffers on the topic of juggling vacation time in a small city in Two-Way Street.