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Minneapolis City Council passes $1.6 billion budget, more police officers included

Updated: December 12, 2019 11:51 AM

The Minneapolis City Council passed a $1.6 billion budget, which includes a 6.95% property tax increase, the largest in a decade, and it provides funding for an additional police cadet recruiting class in 2020.

The extra police recruiting class means the city could add as many as 30 new police officers depending on the number of graduates in each of the three classes.

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Downtown attorney Joe Tamburino told the City Council he supported the police budget and the compromise to spend more on crime prevention programs as well as investing in more officers.

"I think what Mayor Frey and the City Council did with this plan is good for public safety," said Tamburino. "There is a need for more officers on the streets, and I think this effort is a good first step."

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Although, the vast majority of residents who attended Wednesday night's budget vote voiced opposition to the extra police cadet recruiting class and wanted more money put into crime prevention programs.

Minneapolis resident Al Flowers told council members he has seen more officers hired over the years, and he did not think it had accomplished much in the way of curbing violence.

"We have more police, but we still have more dead bodies and violence," said Flowers. "And a lot of that violence and crime is killing African-Americans in this city, and we do not need to see more cops out there right now."

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Mayor Jacob Frey's budget also included $31 million for affordable housing, more than $400,000 for the Office of Crime Prevention and more than $250,000 for downtown community organizations who work with at-risk youth.

It also will pay for a new civil rights investigator as well.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars will also be spent on programs to prevent opioid addiction and gun violence.

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