Sarah McKenzie

Council passes mayor's $1.3 billion budget

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Plan includes property tax increase, 71 new police officers

The Minneapolis City Council has adopted a $1.3 billion budget for 2006 — a spending plan that includes a property tax increase of 8 percent.

The Council voted 7-5 to approve Mayor R.T. Rybak’s budget Dec. 19. The 2006 property tax levy will be $209.2 million, up from $193.7 million in 2005, according to the City Budget Coordinator Tara Barenok.

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