by Mike Knaak
The St. Joseph treasury is $950 richer thanks to the city’s participation in a state program to measure how residents rate their local government.
Minnesota’s Legislature created the Council on Local Results and Innovation in 2010. The council set 10 performance standards for cities and counties to help local government measure residents’ opinions.
Participating governments collect 14 cents for each person in the city or county.
Survey results were collected in February on a website hosted by the Minnesota League of Cities. Ten people responded this year.
Six of the 10 responses were from people who have lived in St. Joseph for 15 years or less.
Public-safety services received high marks with five people feeling very safe and four rating the city’s fire protection as excellent.
The overall quality of city services received a good rating from four people, a fair rating from five people and a poor rating from one person.
Citizens could also submit comments.
St. Joseph has participated in the survey since 2012.