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Minneapolis Park Board Independence Amendment (2009)

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The Minneapolis Park Board Independence Amendment did not appear on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Hennepin County for City of Minneapolis voters.[1] The measure called for greater financial independence from city hall.[2]

The charter amendment was developed as a response to Minneapolis Taxation Board Amendment (2009) which proposed to eliminate the city's Board of Estimate and Taxation and to transfer the power to the City Council.[3] The board argues that the charter amendment is necessary because the board's finances have suffered in recent years.

Court case

In September 2009 Judge Cara Lee Neville ruled that the independence amendment would not appear on the November ballot despite enough valid signatures being submitted on August 17, 2009.[4] The September court case resulted after city officials voted against placing the measure on the ballot. Shortly thereafter, attorney Brian Rice filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of measure supporters. The city council voted 11 to 2 to block the amendment from the ballot after the city attorney stated that the city lacks the authority to create an independent government unit.[5] The park board said they plan to appeal the judge's decision.


On August 10, 2009, amendment supporters submitted approximately 17,086 signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.[2] Supporters of the petition were required to have a minimum of approximately 10,000 signatures - 5 percent of the turnout in last fall's election.[6]

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