Opportunities to Weigh In on the 2020 Budget -- The Heart of Minneapolis -- November 2019

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Share Feedback on the Proposed 2020 Budget

Mayor Frey made his budget address in August, and recommended a 2020 budget of $1.6 billion with a 6.95% increase to the property tax levy. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources, with property taxes accounting for about 23% of the budget. 

There are three upcoming public hearings for people to share thoughts on the recommended 2020 City budget:

Public hearings on the 2020 budget:

  • TOMORROW, Thursday, November 7 -- 9:30 A.M. - Noon
  • Wednesday, December 4 -- 6:05 P.M.
  • Wednesday, December 11 -- 6:05 P.M. The City Council will vote on adopting the budget after this public hearing.

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 350 S. 5th St.

Comments can also be submitted online, and those comments will also enter the public record and be shared with the Mayor and Council Members.

You can download the full budget proposal and learn more about the budget process at www.minneapolismn.gov/budget.

Budget Transparency website

Want to dig into an interactive budget breakdown?

See how the City budget is projected to change by Department, and more, at https://minneapolismn.opengov.com/transparency#37982.


Wednesday, 11/20: Good Morning Ward 3 with City Budget Director Micah Intermill


Good Morning Ward 3

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20th from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Kramarczuk's, 215 E. Hennepin Ave.

WITH: Minneapolis Budget Director Micah Intermill

Our City Budget Director, Micah Intermill, joined us for Good Morning Ward 3 in March, and it was such a hit that we have invited him to come back! We'll discuss the big trends shaping the City's budget over the next five years, the Mayor's proposed 2020 budget, and any other budget-related questions that you bring for us. 

Join us on Wednesday the 20th!


Coffee With Your Council Member

Grab Coffee with Council Member Steve Fletcher

I hold regular open community office hours, normally at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, at a rotating neighborhood coffee shop in Ward 3 for constituents to drop by, ask questions, and raise any issues you see in the community. 

All are welcome! RSVP on Facebook or just show up. If you want to discuss a specific issue or project, email aurin.chowdhury@minneapolismn.gov and we'll add you to the agenda.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for all the details on future scheduled events, or contact our office at 612-673-2203.


Updates on Ordinance & Policy Initiatives

Data Privacy Listening Session

Data Privacy

Last week, I hosted a listening session at City Hall on the future of our City’s data management policies, including a set of Data Privacy principles that I am authoring in collaboration with our Information Governance Policy Committee. This is the first time that our City government will affirmatively state that we value and consider privacy when we make decisions about the data we create and collect.

We had a great group of advocates in the room and a productive discussion about data privacy, surveillance technology, and more. Many thanks to everyone who attended, and to our City Clerk, Casey Carl, and Christian Rummelhoff, our Director of Records & Information Management, for their time and participation!


Ward 3 Freelance Happy Hour

Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance

We had a great happy hour meeting a few weeks ago with freelancers and independent contractors at Fueled Collective downtown in the Grain Exchange building. I shared my own freelance experiences, heard from folks working in several other freelance industries in Minneapolis, and discussed our draft Freelance Worker Protections ordinance. This is a first and very important step towards making sure Freelance Workers are paid what they are owed. Special thanks to the many IATSE Local 13 members that joined us.

If you work as an independent contractor in Minneapolis, I want to hear from you, too: please take our survey at http://bit.ly/mplsfreelance


Student Affordable Housing Town Hall

Student Affordable Housing

Last month, the Minnesota Student Association hosted a Student Affordable Housing Town Hall meeting on campus. I heard first-hand the experiences of students who are struggling to afford housing due to the lack of affordable housing options on or near campus.

I've been working with students, City staff, and my City Council colleagues to ensure that student affordable housing is included in our permanent Inclusionary Zoning ordinance when we pass it later this year.

I'm planning to offer an amendment that will cover student housing projects near the U of M, and will allow them to use Pell Grant eligibility to determine which students would qualify for included affordable units in their buildings. Just like Inclusionary Zoning isn't going to single-handedly fix our affordable housing crisis, this alone won't solve our student housing shortage, but it's a major step forward in acknowledging and addressing the housing needs of students in our city.


City Seeking Comments on Wage Theft Prevention Rules & FAQ

The City of Minneapolis has drafted frequently asked questions (FAQs) and rules documents to provide general guidance to employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under the City’s new wage theft prevention ordinance, which will take effect on January 1st.

These documents are now available for public review and comment through December 31.  Public comments about the clarity and substance of this information can be submitted online. Feedback can also be submitted in person at Minneapolis City Hall, Room 239, 350 S. Fifth St.

Wage theft is a failure to fully pay an employee all wages earned at the proper time. To help prevent wage theft, the City has adopted parts of the State’s new wage theft law into local ordinance. Under the ordinance and State law, employers must adhere to a regularly scheduled payday, provide pre-hire notices of certain employment terms and conditions, and provide earnings statements at the end of each pay period. The ordinance also requires employers in Minneapolis to include notices of benefits under the sick and safe time ordinance on pre-hire notices and earnings statements. 

For more information about the wage theft prevention ordinance, visit the City’s website, email wagetheft@minneapolismn.gov or call 311.


Weigh in on Metro Transit's Network Next Bus Improvement Plan

Metro Transit Network Next

Network Next is Metro Transit's planning process to guide the expansion of their bus network for the next 20 years. Building on the existing network’s strengths, they're setting out to identify expanded bus service across a spectrum of transit improvements, including improved local and express routes, new arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) lines and integrated shared mobility options.

You can share what types of transit improvements are most important to you by taking their Network Next survey at metrotransit.org/NetworkNextSurvey

The survey will be open through November 30, so be sure to take the survey today.

You can learn more at https://www.metrotransit.org/network-next.


NEW Future Latino Empowerment Commission

The Futuro Latino Empowerment Commission is the newest advisory body created by the City of Minneapolis to advise the Mayor, City Council, and City Departments on important issues facing the Latino community. The commission will be responsible for developing the Latino Agenda to build awareness of the needs of the Latino community in Minneapolis and help address City policies and programs, such as:

  • Affordable housing
  • Economic development and cultural districts
  • Protecting immigrant communities and workers
  • Providing safety to Latino residents
  • Advancing environmental justice
  • Advocating for equitable transportation

¡Te necesitamos! (We need you!) Submit an application by November 27, 2019, at minneapolismn.gov/boards.

For more information, contact Mariano Espinoza at (612) 673-2272 or mariano.espinoza@minneapolismn.gov.


Fall Street Sweeping is Underway

Crews are sweeping streets across Minneapolis to clean the streets before winter to keep leaves and debris out of the storm drains and ending up in our lakes and rivers as much as possible.

Minneapolis Public Works began street sweeping on Tuesday, October 22.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Ways to stay informed of the parking rules:

  • No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. However, the “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking after the signs are removed.
  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • Interactive web feature – You can use the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through your neighborhood. Check www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping once we get closer to the start date. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.


Neighborhood Event Calendars

Want to know what's happening around Ward 3? Check out these event calendars!


If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate or if you need information in an alternative format, please contact 311 (612-673-3000). TTY users call 612-673-2157.

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