Commission decides Wednesday whether charter amendments will be on November ballot

The Charter Commission will decide Wednesday whether a trio of proposed city governance changes will be put before voters in the November election.

The amendments to the city charter include the elimination of the Board of Estimate and Taxation and the independent Park and Recreation Board, as well as the creation of a one-boss city administrator position. Their main author, Council Member Paul Ostrow (1st Ward), has said they would create a more efficient City Hall.

But members of the aforementioned boards have voiced strong opposition. Park Board commissioners have expressed concern about Minneapolis’ green space becoming less of a priority under city control, while Estimate and Taxation’s Carol Becker said that without her board, there would quickly be no Park Board.

Four members of the current City Council back Ostrow’s proposals, as do 10 council alumni. That doesn’t mean unanimous council support: Council President Barb Johnson (4th Ward) has called the proposals an unnecessary distraction during a financially challenging time for the city.

The commission is expected to convene at 4 p.m. in room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. 5th St. The meeting is open to the public. For a copy of the proposed changes, click here.

Also, the Park Board has moved back its regular meeting so that commissioners can watch the Charter Commission’s decision. It is now set for 6 p.m. at the Bottineau Park field house, 2000 2nd St. NE.