United States Common Sense (a non-partisan policy group) has honored Cottage Grove as the #1 fiscally sustainable city in Minnesota and in the Top 1% of cities across America!

Through meticulous planning and budgeting we have achieved substantial success by providing affordable high-quality services while managing the needs of a vibrant and growing city. Steve’s ongoing commitment is to build upon the great value and livability of our area!


My nature as a small business owner and manager compels me to employ my expertise in a way that promotes fiscal accountability while using business-building principles designed to grow our operation through the top-end via “sales”. “Controlling” expenses is only part of the management required for sustainability. Structuring to increase investment that grows our tax base coupled with sound fiscal controls results in the of lowering of our “tax per capita” measurement which reduces individual costs to most property owners. This allows us to offer more for less and increases our value standard in a way that keeps Cottage Grove moving forward effectively.