A HEADS UP FOR THE APRIL 2, 2008 PARK BOARD MEETING

Some highlights:

5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING. The Board will be requesting that the Board of Estimate & Taxation amend the adopted financial policy statements with respect to the City’s Independent Boards allowing for the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to levy property taxes at the level of up to 4% of its Total General Fund Operating Budget for the fiscal years 2009 through 2013.

The Board will also be requesting that the City Council and Board of Estimate & Taxation reassign Library Board net debt bonding for fiscal years 2009 through 2012 to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board capital improvement program.

The Board will be voting to approve a Joint Powers Agreement with the City of St. Paul for providing purchasing and contracting services to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

And the Board will be passing a resolution to recognize 2008 as the 125 Year Anniversary of the park system and to celebrate the valuable role that parks play in promoting the health and well being of the city and its residents.

6:45 P.M. LEGISLATION AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE. There will be a 30 minute legislative update.

The meeting will be broadcast live on cable channel 14 beginning at 5:00 P.M.

The complete agenda is usually available Monday or Tuesday on the Park Board’s website http://www.minneapolisparks.org.

Arlene Fried, Co-founder of Park Watch