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Minneapolis: What can we not afford to cut?

  • January 22, 2009 - 9:56 PM

With budget cuts looming, the city of Minneapolis will conduct community meetings next month to gather feedback on budget priorities and cuts.

The city has announced two meetings: Feb. 9 at King Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Av. S., and Feb. 10 at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 NE. 2nd St. Both sessions are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The meetings, hosted by Mayor R.T. Rybak, are intended to assess citizens' priorities in the face of expected state aid cuts. Rybak has said that he will propose a revised 2009 budget to the City Council next month. The city also plans to gather citizen priorities in an online survey.

Most of the cuts are expected to come from the city's $374 million general fund, which makes up about a quarter of the budget. That's because the general fund is supported mostly by state aid and property taxes.

STEVE BRANDT

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