Second Ward, Minneapolis

This is the public policy forum of Minneapolis Second Ward (Green) City Council Member Cam Gordon and his staff. We use this space to talk about some of what Cam’s working on, explain his positions, and share a little of what life in City Hall is like. Please feel free to comment on posts, within certain ground rules. See our disclaimer, including ground rules, here: http://secondward.blogspot.com/2006/05/disclaimer.html#links

Friday, December 14, 2007

Adopted 2008 Budget

The Council has adopted the 2008 budget. Among the most interesting last-minute amendments were the following:

- An unsuccessful attempt by CM Remington to take $300,000 from the police overtime budget to hire two more cops (which I was sympathetic towards but did not vote to support)

- An unsuccesful attempt by CM Samuels to take $10,000 from the highly successful Energy Challenge Micro Grant program for non-germane bike lanes on the northside (which I strongly opposed)

- A successful, convoluted motion to undo the Mayor's recommended $100,000 cut to the Minnesota Telecommunications Network (MTN) by funding Wireless Portals (to whom the Mayor had given MTN's $100K) from the self-insurance fund, which itself will be funded from the Minnesota Airports Commission settlement agreement (which I strongly supported - MTN should not take this sort of massive hit to its meager budget)

- A successful motion to keep the City's community engagement positions in CPED rather than transferring them to the Coordinator's office (which I opposed - I believe we should create an team within the more overarching Coordinators office to help facilitate better civic involvement and help improve this work in all departments)

- A successful motion to move three-quarters ($750,000) of the Mayor's proposed water fountain capital project back into the general water fund (which I supported)

- A successful motion by CM Schiff to move $319,000 from general Park Board capital funding to the East Phillips Cultural and Community Center (which I supported)

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