The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the March 23, 2016 edition of the Star Tribune.
Minneapolis Mayor Vetoes Alternative Parks Funding Plan
Betsy Hodges cites concerns over sustainability, public notice.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges on Tuesday vetoed a Park and Recreation Board resolution favoring an alternative plan for financing neighborhood park needs, citing concerns over the sustainability of funding and lack of public notice for the proposal.
The Park Board is expected to override the veto when it meets on April 6. Traditionally it does that to assert the board’s semi-independence.
The plan would boost neighborhood park funding by $11 million annually for 20 years, mostly to repair or replace buildings and outdoor facilities, but also to increase maintenance.