The City Council approved the budget on a 10-3 vote to end a marathon session after midnight Tuesday. It boosts the city’s property tax collection by 4.7 percent but wallops many taxpayers by greater amounts.
By STEVE BRANDT, Star Tribune
They admonished, they pleaded, they chided for four hours, but dozens of property taxpayers who testified at Minneapolis City Hall Monday night still got a 2011 city budget that imposes much higher property taxes and trims services.
The budget also means 32 fewer firefighters, 24 fewer cops, less money for affordable housing, and restricts the budgets of city neighborhoods.
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