Neighbors Upset: Money For Fixing Houses May Be Cut To Fix Budget

Minneapolis Residents Upset The Neighborhood Revitalization Program May Be Cut

A few days ago the Minneapolis City Council, in a move considered a total surprise by the local groups, moved to cancel continuance of funds for NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Programs). On Sunday at Corcoran Park about 75 people from almost all Minneapolis neighborhoods met with state legislators from Minneapolis. State Senator Patricia Torres Ray, SD62, Minneapolis Senate Delegation Chair, led the legislative group.

The fund reduction is part of the cities efforts to reduce the property tax increases. There are serious financial problems facing all levels of government. One of the group’s concerns is that the new Republican majorities in both houses will turn a deaf ear to NRP.

Since it began in 1991,The NRP has spent more than $80 Million to rehabilitate and preserve houses in Minneapolis. The NRP also spends money on economic development, parks and crime prevention.

Related links:
Twin Cities Daily Planet-Opinion-Save NRP
Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Project website

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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