City adopts 2017 budget
The mayor and City Council have approved a 2017 budget for the City. The $1.3 billion budget invests in public safety, including the addition of police officers and firefighters. It also provides funding to improve the City’s streets and parks, and advance racial equity throughout Minneapolis.
The budget is a 7.7 percent increase over the 2016 budget and includes a 5.5 percent increase in the property tax levy, but approximately 30 percent of residential properties will see no increase in City property taxes. For a home valued at $203,000, the median property tax in 2017 will be $1,223.
2017 budget highlights:
- $1.3 million for 15 new sworn Minneapolis police officers: 12 for community policing, and three for a police/mental health co-responder pilot program.
- More than $1 million for community-based strategies to improve public safety.
- More than $1 million annually for a new, ongoing community service officer class to build more capacity for a proven, effective pathway into the Police Department for people of color.
- $400,000 for five additional full-time sworn firefighters, which will allow the Minneapolis Fire Department to better serve residents and reduce overtime dollars.
- A total of $14.5 million in affordable housing development, including a naturally occurring affordable housing strategy, the Family Housing Initiative, and additions to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
- An additional position in the Department of Civil Rights to investigate complaints of discrimination and hate crimes.
- Investments in programs to improve racial equity and reduce the achievement gap, including:
- Advancing the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign to close the word gap and prepare our children for success.
- Investing in President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and seeks to have all young people reach their full potential.
- Supporting the annual Trans* Equity Summit and working to provide access to gender-neutral bathrooms in public buildings.
- Investing in Somali youth programs and engaging East African people with disabilities.
- Funding implicit-bias training for all City of Minneapolis staff.
- Creating a team to help small businesses succeed and to lead a customer-service focus at the City that helps anyone who wants to invest in Minneapolis “get to yes.”
- $14.5 million in affordable housing development, including a Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing strategy, the Family Housing Initiative, and additions to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
- Funding for traffic control agents to ease the transition to modernized downtown streets and manage upcoming events.
- A lead appraiser in the Assessor’s Office to capture fairly the financial benefits of our growing city.
- City staff improvements, including a customer service representative in Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, a records specialist in the City Clerk’s Office and an additional auditor in the City Auditor’s Office.
- Investing in outreach and education on the earned sick and safe time ordinance.
- Renewing the Green Business Cost Sharing program.
- New training for City employees including training and licensure in the Assessor’s Office, training for our improved 911 call system and information governance training across the City.
- Creating new pathways into City careers to attract and develop new talent.
- Sustainability work including accepting grant funding from the Rockefeller Foundation for a chief resilience officer, continuing funding for the successful Clean Energy Partnership and implementing the commercial building efficiency component of the city’s Climate Action Plan.
Published Dec 13, 2016