Minneapolis tax increase would pay for more police, firefighters

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER and MAYA RAO , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: August 16, 2012 - 2:58 PM

Mayor R.T. Rybak's plan to raise the property tax levy by 1.7 percent drew a positive reaction from the City Council and fire chief.

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juliecarAug. 16, 12 1:57 AM

if he can promise that not a penny would go towards a new stadium?

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pampickleAug. 16, 12 3:09 AM

Officers no longer take accident reports, not interested in hit-and-runs, and yet have plenty of time for seat belt patrols and "pay a bit extra and it will not go on your insurance" tickets, as these net the city additional income. Too, there is the ordering of military equipment that must be serviced and maintained at public expense. Not to mention the seizures that have been in the news lately, needing to pay large sums from public money for the officer's behaviors. Maybe reallocate the officers currently on fundraising activities (such as seat belt patrols) and the monies spent on becoming a military unit, and actually go back to protect and serve, so that citizens would support more officers.

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Brian_LarsonAug. 16, 12 3:26 AM

How about cutting the rest of the budget by that amount and giving that that to the firefighters and police instead of increasing taxes?

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MAJAug. 16, 12 3:44 AM

Last year's "flat tax" added 12% to my property taxes... I can't imagine what a 1.7% increase will add. Time to divest in this city?

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dtmonkeyboyAug. 16, 12 7:12 AM

Almost all of your property tax money goes to the state, the county and the schools...yet people fixate on the tiny portion the city is responsible.

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dtmonkeyboyAug. 16, 12 7:14 AM

Inflation was 3.4% during the last year and there was no tax increase. This year it looks to be about 3%....and house prices were flat....so when adjusted for inflation city spending is declining...and adjusted for inflation city taxes are the same as they were in 1999. Can the state claim the same?

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ghost78Aug. 16, 12 9:21 AM

raise the taxes higher in the part of the city that the cops spend 90% of their time

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biggusdoggusAug. 16, 12 9:23 AM

Instead of raising taxes to pay firemen and police, how about we lay off some of the people working for the parks department. If memory serves, based on a piece published in the StarTribune awhile back, there are more employees in the parks department than in any other department. More park workers than police seems kind of odd to me.

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funkycoldAug. 16, 12 9:49 AM

the Park Board runs the city

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commonrobAug. 16, 1210:06 AM

This is just another way for the folks running Minneapolis to not EVER be responsible and I have read the other comments and they are true. We go from one faliure to another like block E. The only draw downtown is really the Twins. It is time for a new Mayor and city council for Minneapolis. This was once a great city which under the current adminstration is just a totally failed dangerous place to go to. pampickle hit the nail right on the head and the only money we see being spent just about anywhere, is for free programs. How about that headline today, daycare more expensive than college and we should pay more taxes. All of the folks running Minneapolis are so out of touch with people, we need new people and we all know it! In our circles of friends, we all talk aboiut how we used to love to go downtown for a night out and we all are saying not anymore, and more police won't help if you actually don't do anything to the criminals anyway. New leaders for our city with some common sense!

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