In Brief November 2021


City lifts drought restrictions
The city of Minneapolis has lifted the even-odd water sprinkling restrictions as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has moved the Mississippi River Headwaters watershed to the drought watch phase and relaxed the goal of reducing water use.
While still well below normal, Mississippi River flows have been steadily recovering since mid-September. In that same time period, Minneapolis and the City’s wholesale customers’ water consumption declined and have met target water usage levels. The even-odd water sprinkling restrictions had been in place since July 21.

Parks budget to increase 5.85%
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board superintendent’s recommended 2022 budget proposes utilizing the maximum 5.85 percent tax levy approved by the BET. The proposed 5.85 percent property tax increase will result in an estimated annual increase in property taxes of $20 for the owner of a median-value $286,000 house due to growth in the tax base.
The superintendent’s recommended 2022 budget totals $139.6 million, including $96.2 million for the general operating fund, $17.3 million for the enterprise operating fund, $2.0 million for the special revenue fund and $24.2 million for capital project funding.

Non-profits honored
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) has selected three Minnesota nonprofits that have made outstanding contributions as recipients of 2021 Minnesota Nonprofit Mission Awards. Organizations honored this year are The Family Partnership, League of Women Voters Minnesota, and YWCA St. Paul.


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