Minneapolis City Budget
Mayor Betsy Hodges proposed a budget for the City of Minneapolis for 2017, which leads to a City Council process to review and approve a final budget in December. The proposed $1.3 billion operating and capital budget for 2017 includes a 5.5 percent increase in the City’s portion of the 2017 property tax levy, compared to 2016. Of the City’s total budget, only about 20 percent is funded through property taxes. Your property taxes fund basic City services such as:
- Police and fire
- Emergency response through 911
- Criminal prosecutions
- Traffic control and street lighting
- Snow removal and street maintenance
2017 budget highlights
Highlights from the proposed 2017 budget include:
- Improving Public safety with nearly $1 million for downstream, community-based strategies, including: an often-requested mental-health co-responder pilot program with three new police officers working with mental-health professionals; and resources for community develop collaborative strategies in two locations with high levels of youth violence.
- $14.5 million for affordable-housing development to help everyone afford to live in Minneapolis.
- 5 additional full-time sworn firefighters, raising the authorized strength of firefighters for the first time in many years.
- Support for outreach and education about our new Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.
- Building trust between community members and police officers by adding 12 new officers for community policing, a pillar of 21st-century policing.
Why is Minneapolis’ portion of my property tax bill changing?
Even though the City’s overall tax levy – the total dollar amount the City collects in property taxes – is increasing by 5.5 percent, the Minneapolis portion of your property tax bill may go up or down from 2016 to 2017. This is due to a number of factors including a change in your property’s value and changes in the values of other properties in Minneapolis.
Thanks to significant growth in the city’s tax base over the last year, about two-thirds of all residential properties may see a decrease or no increase in the City portion of their property taxes.
Property tax bill breakdown
When reviewing your property taxes each year, it’s important to recognize that you pay property taxes to several taxing authorities, though you will only receive one property tax “bill.” Here is how the average Minneapolis property tax bill breaks down:
Percent of Bill
City of Minneapolis
Other Taxing Districts*
*This is split between the Metropolitan Council, Metropolitan Transit, Metropolitan Mosquito Control, and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority.
The Minneapolis City Council considered the Mayor’s budget proposal and voted to adopt a final 2016 budget on Dec. 7, 2016. Before that vote, there were two public hearings for the public to comment on the 2016 budget proposal:
- 6:05 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, Room 317, City Hall
- 6:05 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, Room 317, City Hall
You can attend a hearing in person, watch on Minneapolis 79 (Comcast cable channel 79 in Minneapolis) or watch live on the City website.
Last updated Aug 17, 2016