Minneapolis Council OKs neighborhoods department

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 26, 2008 - 7:49 PM

Activists left unhappy after the City Council also approved the creation of a mostly advisory board and a change in role of the NRP program.

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chattSep. 26, 0811:43 PM

Something is wrong here....who started this mess this time around? The City Council will vote down what they don't like amyway..what a waste. Tony Scallon Created this monster called NRP,,

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allarson73Sep. 27, 08 9:20 AM

I did not elect an activist or a neighborhood group. I elected a city council member. Everyone else is equal to me and should not get to spend any of my allocated tax dollars, Federal or State or Local.

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vexablemanSep. 27, 0811:17 AM

It is time to give the power of accountability back to the citizens of Mpls. With the current structure, accountability is a joke. I've lived in Mpls my whole life and am deeply troubled at how unsafe all of our neighborhoods have become. All the while our City Counsel spends our money and looks after itself and interests outside of safety and security. There is a reason why our neighborhoods are unsafe. Three is a reason why the presence of our Police force is limited. There is a reason why you can stand at the corner of Hennepin Ave and 7th at noon and watch a drug deal. There is a reason why we all hear gunshots in our neighborhoods. If you live in Mpls any of the above resonates with you, ask your self who is accountible? It is not the Mayor, he is powerless to affect change in our security issues. It is not the Police, we have too few Police Officers and too many trouble areas. Is it the City Council? Call your City Council member and ask who is accountible? Once upon a time Mpls. had corrupt Mayors so power was given to the City Council. Look at what that decision has wrought here in 2008.

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dwalternenaSep. 29, 08 5:49 PM

And they are using that purse to fund whatever *they* want regardless of what *you* or I want done with our taxes. I voted for my CM to represent me also. That being said, the money at issue here isn't *your* taxes dollars. It was designated by the legislature from downtown TIF districts--commercial tax properties in excess of a predetermined base level. NOT property taxes or general funds, in spite of what some politicos keep spinning. Either way it fell, you wouldn't have seen any of this money. That is a great deal of what this has been about since 2002--control of non-property tax funds for the Mayor's brick-and-mortar projects. The rest of it is pure, centralized control. Put it another way, *you* just got less say in what happens around you.

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hillbloomsOct. 2, 08 9:58 PM

It was neighborhood residents who went to the legislature and managed to secure TIF funding for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program to continue, and in the process supported debt relief for Mpls taxpayers by adding Target debt to the TIF. There's tax relief built into the funding because the Target Center is currently sucking $6 million from the city budget. Now the Council turns around and kicks those same residents by eliminating the program they worked hard to save, and not so much as a thank you for the Target Center money. This was a money grab and a power grab by council members who have been in office far too long.

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