This case study focuses on the cost of services that a city provides. The goal of this paper is to describe spending patterns on government services compared to Kansas City and Saint Louis. By presenting Saint Louis’ and Kansas City’s total expenditures and breaking down the general categories in which these expenditures were made, it is possible to compare them, in some ways, to the expenditures of other, similarly sized cities. For the purposes of this paper, the comparison cities are Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Denver, Louisville, and Indianapolis.


About the Author

Michael Rathbone
Policy Researcher
Michael Rathbone was a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute. He is a native of Saint Louis and a 2008 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.