Minneapolis fire, police departments face $2.8 million cuts -- at least

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Because the additional cuts come midyear, the departments could have to slice deeper to compensate.
The Minnesota Legislature may have finally passed its overdue budget, but that doesn't mean that anyone has to like it.

Following the Legislature's cut of $23 million to Local Government Aid, administrators for the Minneapolis fire and police departments have begun the painstaking process of trying to achieve massive midyear budget reductions.

To make ends meet, the fire department is looking to cut $1.1 million; police are cutting $500,000, says John Stiles, spokesman for Mayor R.T. Rybak. Tacked onto cuts already made, the city will slice $2.8 million from the combined department budgets this year.

And that's on the low end.

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This special rescue rig was already a casualty of massive cuts to the fire department. And that was before the LGA cuts.
The city has already been operating for more than half the year on the assumption that it would receive LGA. To compensate, it's possible that the cuts will be even deeper, says Stiles.

"This is money now that needs to be recaptured midyear," he says, adding that it's possible the city will dip into contingency funds to offset the costs. "I don't think anybody's made decisions on that."

Where the departments will find this much money so late in the year is still to be determined. Stiles says the chiefs began evaluating their options last week, and will have to figure out a plan quickly.

"Obviously, they're encouraged to do it by eliminating as few positions or by as few layoffs as possible," he says. "We just don't know right now what's going to be possible."

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    Michelle Bachmann
    Michelle Bachmann

    Minneapolis should cut from the police department exclusively.   Then I would send out my remaining police officers and tell the local gangs and various ne'er do wells that they won't be arrested in Minneapolis as long as they steal from Republican suburbs only.  Imagine how much the beatdown posse could extort from Bachmann&Associates to combine two of my favorite City Pages stories.     I would then demand 10% of all robbery proceeds as tribute to help the city.    This is a small government free market solution I'm sure all you conservatives would love.    I'm so glad the Republican budget will result in no tax increases on rich people and instead I can look forward to higher property taxes.   After bailing out the banks I was worried the poor and middle class weren't doing their fair share in making sure rich people have an easier life.   Bachmann/Beck 2012!!!!!!!!!!!


    Don't have to cut anything.  The City just has to raise nominal property tax rates to cover 'expenses' instead of expecting the rest of the state to do it for them.

    terrible tom
    terrible tom

    You must have the most unfulfilling life ever. (coming from a guy with a shitty life). Keep bangin, you make me feel better about myself.

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