Performance Measurement Reports - Past Years Data

The Minnesota Local Performance Measurement Program was created to support counties and cities in their efforts to continuously improve service delivery and to encourage collaboration and communication with its citizens.

 

2020

In 2020, 33 cities (4%) and 25 counties (29%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional aid payments. This was an increase of two cities and a decrease of one county from 2019.

 

2019

In 2019, 31 cities (4%) and 26 counties (30%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid. This was an increase of 5 cities and 2 counties from 2018.

 

2018

In 2018, 26 cities (3%) and 24 counties (28%) were certified by the OSA to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid, a decrease of 6 cities from 2017.

 

2017

In 2017, 32 cities (4%) and 24 counties (28%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid, an increase of 5 cities and 5 counties from 2016.

 

2016

In 2016, 27 cities (3%) and 19 counties (22%) were certified by the OSA to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid. In contrast, 29 cities (3%) and 20 counties (23%) were certified in 2015.

 

2015

In 2015, 29 cities (3%) and 20 counties (23%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid. In contrast, 30 cities (4%) and 19 counties (22%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue in 2014.

 

2014

In 2014, 30 cities (4%) and 19 counties (22%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid. In contrast, 47 cities (6%) and 22 counties (25%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue in 2013.

 

2013

In 2013, 47 cities (6%) and 22 counties (25%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid. In contrast, 62 cities (7%) and 25 counties (29%) were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue in 2012. The decrease in participation in 2013 may be due to a change in state law. In 2013, the Legislature passed levy limits for taxes levied in 2013. Cities/counties that were certified for the performance measures program in 2013 are not exempt from these levy limits because they are not codified under sections 275.70 to 275.74. Some cities/counties reported frustration over this legislative change, and did not participate in the program.

 

2012

In 2012, there were 62 cities (7%) and 25 counties (29%) that were certified by the Office of the State Auditor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to receive additional local government aid and an exemption from levy limits if any are in effect. In contrast, 113 cities (13%) and 38 counties (44%) were successfully certified in 2011.

 

2011

The Program

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.