Reduce financial dependence on residents
Blaine needs to utilize outside sources of revenue that would not be a tax burden to its citizens. The city would be able to spend more per resident if they were taking advantage of other financial opportunities besides taxing residents. By utilizing these resources, we will be able to spend more per resident, which means being able to put more of the Blaine budget towards keeping our neighborhoods safe and well-maintained.
How can we do this?
One opportunity is through grant money. Blaine is currently not accessing local, state, and federal grants. When compared to other Minnesota cities, Blaine is in the middle third of property taxes collected per resident, but is in the bottom 5% in utilizing local, state, and federal grants as ways to bring money to the city budget. I would like to advocate that Blaine should start to access these grants in order to start spending more on residents.
Another opportunity is through visitors. Blaine has many visitors, and amenities that could be capitalized on for the benefit of the average Blaine resident; soccer tournaments at the Blaine complex are an example of an event that brings many people into our city. I believe that Blaine needs to ensure that these visitors and other agencies are helping fund Blaine in the same way that they are helping fund other cities through ticket fees and hotel taxes.