Public meetings set to talk about cutting Minneapolis’ 2009 budget

The City of Minneapolis, like many other Minnesota communities, is facing significant financial challenges in large part due to State finances. Governor Tim Pawlenty’s action in late December that cut $13.1 million from Local Government Aid (LGA) to Minneapolis has left City officials no choice but to revamp its 2009 budget, and prepare for even more significant cuts from the State.

As Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak works to redesign the City's 2009 budget, the City is asking residents, businesses, and City employees to share their priorities and ideas for making significant cuts. The last time the state cut Minneapolis local aid in 2003, the City made major structural reforms that put us on much stronger financial footing to deal with the current situation. However, the magnitude of the needed cuts means changes or reductions to some City services is unavoidable. Minneapolis already receives $36 million less in LGA than it did five years ago.

In February, Mayor Rybak will host two community meetings where people can give their input into their priorities for the upcoming budget revisions and to share their ideas for saving money and cutting services.

2009 budget cuts community meetings

Monday, Feb. 9
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Park Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Tuesday, Feb. 10
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 Second St. N.E.

The City has added information and resources regarding the 2009 budget to its website at 2009 Budget to help residents, businesses and employees understand more about how the City's budget works. In addition to fact sheets and budget news, visitors are able to view a video message from Mayor R.T. Rybak. In the coming days, they will also be able to share their ideas for cutting costs and tell the City how they would prioritize the services they receive by taking an online survey. The survey will also be available by calling 311.

Mayor Rybak will propose a new 2009 budget to the City Council in mid- to late February. The City Council will consider the new budget following a typical budget deliberation process and is expected to vote to approve a new budget in early March.

Jan. 28, 2009

Published Jan 28, 2009