A letter from Mayor Rybak in support of Council Member John Quincy

In response to the letter writer who criticized some of Council Member Quincy’s votes:

I can list off the top of my head, without even thinking about it, ways that his work has stopped property taxes from increasing. His tough votes took 2 percent off property taxes by restructuring our sales and hospitality taxes, and finally getting Target Center costs off taxpayers’ backs. And he played a huge role in advocating for pension reform, which saved taxpayers another $20 million in 2012.

As a direct result of John’s tough-minded work, we will cut property taxes next year — for the first time in 30 years.

Just as importantly, John Quincy is an independent-minded, extremely effective coalition builder who is laser-focused on helping the residents in the 11th Ward, including by:

• Improving our infrastructure. More than 35 miles of streets have been resurfaced in the 11th Ward over the past four years because John has supported accelerating our paving. And new bike amenities that he has fought for make our neighborhoods safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

• Including everyone at every stage of life. John spearheaded the plan “Minneapolis for a Lifetime” that will help aging boomers like me stay in the neighborhoods we raised our families in, and established the Minneapolis Youth Cabinet.

• Leading the fight against airport noise pollution. John is a leader on airport issues not just in south Minneapolis, but across the country.

• Fighting for fairness. John was a key player in passing the Responsible Banking ordinance that ensures the City’s banks are working for the City’s priorities, and authored the Financial Inclusion Program that gets people access to the financial education and tools they need to make good decisions and plan for their families’ future.

I strongly support my colleague John Quincy as the City Council member for the 11th Ward. He is a smart, dedicated hard worker on the City Council and a tough, dedicated hard worker for residents of the ward and all Minneapolis. 

Mayor R.T. Rybak