Mayor Frey's 2022 budget adopted by City Council

December 10, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s 2022 budget has been adopted by City Council and will be formalized for implementation. The final budget includes a sustained commitment to public safety, affordable housing, inclusive recovery work, good governance, and new funding for youth programming. The mayor is taking a disciplined approach to future budgets by dedicating a significant share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to insulate residents from significant property tax hikes in 2022 and beyond. 

Frey’s adopted 2022 budget totals $1.599 billion dollars and comes with a 5.45 percent levy increase.

“Our 2022 budget provides intentional investment to meet the challenges we face today and accelerate the work towards our next chapter in Minneapolis,” Frey said. “An immediate boost of funding for recruit classes is complemented by essential investment in violence prevention. An immediate boost for public housing, is complemented by enhanced recreational outlets for our children. I am grateful to City Staff who have helped us prioritize urgent work without taking our eye off our long-term shared future.”

Frey’s budget also includes new investments to improve public safety and safety beyond policing, economic inclusion initiatives aimed at fueling growth specifically in communities of color, climate action, and restoring city employee capacity to ensure delivery of core city services.

Community Safety

  • Investing in accountability from the Minneapolis Police Department is a non-negotiable within Frey’s budget. Investments represent his significant commitment to thorough and strong disciplinary processes including additional City Attorney capacity and a full-time body camera analyst.
  • Based on community input, Frey’s budget funds five Minneapolis Police Department recruit classes needed for both core public safety work and transformative culture change by bringing in the type of community-oriented officers the vast majority of Minneapolis residents want to see in their city.
  • Ongoing accountability investments for a state-of-the-art early intervention system to ensure supervisors and department leadership have access to real-time data to help inform when an officer may need additional support or are no longer fit to serve.
  • Public safety spending includes $7.8 million in ongoing funding to the Office of Violence Prevention, in addition to nearly $7 million through the ARPA funding.
  • Frey’s budget includes major investments in youth recreation and programming and another $500,000 for youth-specific pro-active violence prevention work.

Affordable Housing

  • Frey committed $31.5 million to affordable housing work in ARPA funding earlier this year.
  • This investment is continued through his 2022 budget recommendation with $15 million for the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
  • In addition, Frey’s budget includes a new $1 million, ongoing investment in our partnership with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority to support new development and preservation initiatives in 2021 and beyond.
  • In support of the city’s Renter’s First policy, Frey’s budget includes funding for a Community Engagement Specialist, which will increase the city’s renter communications and community engagement work to ensure that renters have full access to the rights provided under the suite of new renter protections passed over the last few years.

Economic Inclusion

  • Access is key for creating opportunities for all communities, so Frey’s budget includes a total of $2.6 million in new funding for youth recreation to support programming, supervision, and recreation activities in parks across the city, with a specific focus on neighborhoods that have been traditionally underserved. The Mayor’s budget increases funding for this new program in each year of the City’s five-year outlook and the Mayor has committed ARPA funds in the short term to reach the full vision for the Park Board’s $2.6 million program.
  • Ongoing funding to the Commercial Property Development Fund supports communities of color that have historically and systemically been locked out of the basic ownership opportunities and the ability to build generational wealth.
  • This year’s levy was planned to ensure that the measures we’re taking won’t burden those who have been disproportionately impacted over the last year and a half.

Climate Action

  • Frey has significantly increased ongoing funding for the Rebuild Resilient program, a proven initiative which provides incentives and support for businesses to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency options.
  • The City of Minneapolis adopted a social cost of carbon of $42.00 per metric ton and Frey’s budget adds capacity in the Finance Department to begin operationalization of that climate tool and develop internal expertise to advise City departments on green purchasing.
  • Frey also prioritized funding for the City to update its Climate Action Plan to ensure Minneapolis remains a municipal Climate leader.

Park Board Agreement

  • Frey has worked closely with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board on a comprehensive strategy for youth programming that includes a new $2.6 million investment in youth programming
  • The investment includes:
    • $1.2 million for hiring 12 full-time dedicated professionals to develop programs and engage young people including youth ages 17-22 who have low-level offenses on their records
    • $756,000 for 7 full-time dedicated professionals to program Creation Spaces to allow young people to experience the kind of self-expression, learning and exposure to careers and industry professionals to fully understand the business and careers behind the art, technology, music, science, and innovation
    • $300,000 for expanding hiring for the Teen Teamworks program and green jobs to develop a diverse group of community leaders through deliberate offerings that provide career exploration and pathways to full-time employment
    • $387,000 for hiring 3 full-time dedicated professionals to enhance intergenerational and nature-based community programs.

New Initiatives

  • For the first time in City history, funding within the Attorney’s Office will go to work directly with the State’s newly created Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office, a cross-jurisdictional, overdue addition to support for Minneapolis’ Native community.
  • Continuing the work started by the Mayor’s Opioid Taskforce in 2018 in support of neighbors experiencing addiction, Frey’s budget includes funding for a physical space to house the culturally-competent initiatives led by Health Department is leading and supporting to help break cycles of addiction – somewhere that isn’t an Emergency Room or police station where people are simply welcomed and supported by those with the experience and relationships that matter.

The legislative record of the 2022 budget process is available here.

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