Minneapolis Park Board circulates petition for financial independence
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota: A Minneapolis Park Board proposal for greater financial independence may become the first city charter amendment for the first time in nearly a dozen years to make it to the ballot. Specifically the proposal calls for taxing and budget authority specific to the board. The board, however, would remain subject to the mayor's review. Currently, the board's funds go to the city first, the annual property tax levy is set by the Board of Estimate and Taxation.
The board started collecting signatures last weekend. Supporters of the petition must collect approximately 10,000 signatures, 5 percent of the turnout in last fall's election, by August 11, 2009 to place the proposal on the November ballot. The board argues that the charter amendment is necessary because the board's finances have suffered in recent years.