Clean water, libraries, police and fire lead the way among city bean counters
For the third year in a row, Minnesota State Fair attendees visiting the “Cities Matter” booth administered by the League of Minnesota Cities
had opportunities to be a “city bean counter.” Each person was given a
six-bean budget with a goal of deciding how to “spend” their beans among
eight different city services. They were permitted to allocate all of
their beans to a single service, or to divide them any way they wished.
Through playing the game, visitors quickly got a better understanding of
the tough budgeting decisions that city officials are required to make.
They also received “Mayor for the Day” buttons. Here are the results
from the 2012 State Fair.
Clean Water: 6,186
Parks & Rec: 4,473
Streets & Sidewalks: 4,438
Senior Services: 4,159
Sewers & Garbage: 4,065