Updated: Sep 16, 2019
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), through two retreats in May 2019, identified key budget priorities for 2020. These priorities include sustaining the current service level for MPRB programs and services and adding funding to invest in youth, increase access to park amenities and advance work on the MPRB’s carbon footprint.
These priorities were presented to the Mayor and his staff in May and June. The MPRB is grateful that the Mayor’s recommended budget includes a 5.73 percent increase. This honors the MPRB’s current service level request.
At its Sept. 4 meeting, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) commissioners passed a resolution seeking an 8.06 percent maximum tax levy for 2020. This request includes the MRPB’s current service level and additional priorities identified above.
The MPRB’s request, in response to funding levels not keeping pace with current needs, includes $1.3 million for expanded youth services, including increasing youth employment and developing four ideation tech labs in recreation centers. It also includes $236,000 to support increased access to existing park amenities and carbon footprint initiatives. The funds, if approved by the Board of Estimate and Taxation, would come from the city levy and would impact the property tax owed on a median valued house of $266,000 approximately an additional $6 annually above the current service level increase of approximately $17 annually.
The resolution transmittal for the MPRB’s maximum tax levy request was sent to Mayor Jacob Frey’s office for signature on Sept. 5. On the afternoon of Sept. 10, a vetoed transmittal was returned from the Mayor’s office.
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