Ward 8 Update Newsletters April 5, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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April 5, 2016


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

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City of Lakes

Ward 8 Community Meeting: Park Funding Proposals


Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street, 3rd floor,
Conference Center, Room J

With the participation of Ward 8 neighborhoods Bancroft, Bryant, Central, Field, Regina, Northrop, Kingfield, and Lyndale.

Join Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Finance Staff and your neighbors for a discussion of proposals that have been made in recent weeks to fund park infrastructure, including funding options and impacts.

Three proposals for funding Minneapolis Parks have been introduced publicly:

  1. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Referendum Proposal, which would provide $15million per year for 20 years
  2. Proposal by Council Members Barb Johnson and Lisa Goodman, that includes a guaranteed minimum of $10.5 million per year for 20 years, a $3 million per year increase in operating revenue, and one time funding of $1.5 million. Potential funding sources and impacts of this proposal are yet to be discussed by the City Council.
  3. Proposal by Mayor Hodges and John Quincy, for $300 million over 10 years in parks and city roads capital investment.  The proposal would fund, annually, $10 million in park capital maintenance and $20 in roads maintenance, and result in a levy increase of 1.4% per year. 

Many residents have contacted me to express support for our world-class park system, and I believe that the funding needs for maintaining park infrastructure are real.  Outstanding questions still must be addressed and publicly reviewed, including identifying financial impacts and trade-offs if a special funding stream is dedicated to the Park Board for a period of 20 years. Impacts on other city funding priorities are also important to understand, such as the the City's infrastructure maintenance gap for streets and roads.  

The City Council may be asked to vote on the Johnson/Goodman proposal as soon as mid-April, and your feedback is important. Please send questions or comments to Elizabeth at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.

The Johnson/Goodman proposal is scheduled for a public hearing at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 am, at City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317 (Council Chambers).

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