Park Board pushes for larger tax levy increase in 2015, referendum next?


Park Board commissioners are warning the scheduled 2.9 percent increase to its 2015 property tax levy will leave a projected $1.3 million budget deficit, resulting in painful cuts to programs and services next year.

Minneapolis has a 2 percent levy increase penciled in next year to help fill gaps in the Park Board’s operating budget. A separate, 0.9 percent increase will be added to that to fund the second year of an eight-year reforestation program, which was created to replace trees lost to the Emerald Ash Borer and severe storms.


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