The following article by Peter Callaghan was published on MinnPost on April 4, 2016.
How to Pay for Minneapolis Parks? City Council Considers a Trio of Proposals
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The Park board’s plan would have voters pass judgement via a ballot measure to increase the property tax levy enough to raise $15 million a year for parks for 20 years.
Just a few months ago, there were no firm plans to rebuild neighborhood parks throughout Minneapolis and make up for a decade or more of deferred maintenance.
Now there are three plans.
So at least backers of the city’s nationally recognized park system have that going for them. But which of those plans would work best, which one is even legal, and which one will fly politically has yet to be resolved.
All those questions are expected to be answered later this month, when the Minneapolis City Council will decide which path to take. And soon after, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will have to decide whether that path is good enough for them.
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