Yes 4 Minneapolis charter amendment fails, rent control passes

Public safety amendment that would shift funds away from MPD fails.

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Ethan Fine

Poll workers assist a man in voting during the Minneapolis municipal election at the Brian Coyle Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2.

by Minnesota Daily News Staff

Over 55% of Minneapolis voters decided against the public safety measure that would have shifted funds away from the Minneapolis Police Department.

Citizens voted to establish the Minneapolis mayor as the chief executive of city departments, and they also passed the rent control measure that allows the City Council to impose a rent cap. The passage of question one creates changes to the structure of the city government, while question three creates the possibility for changes to rent control at a later date.

The Minneapolis Police Department will not be replaced with a Department of Public Safety. The mayor will continue to have complete control over MPD’s employees and rules. The City Council can still create public safety measures, but they are still required to provide funds for a police department that is at least 1.7 employees per 1,000 residents. 

Since city question one passed, the mayor will now be the chief executive of the city, meaning that the mayor will have more power and the Minneapolis City Council’s role will shift to that of a legislative body. The mayor will have more authority over city departments, except for the clerk’s and treasurer’s offices. Just over 52% of voters approved the question. 

The Minneapolis City Council is now able to create rent stabilization ordinances through the City Council. The Council is able to cap how much landlords can raise yearly rent and impose other rent control measures. Over 53% of voters approved the amendment. 

Emalyn Muzzy and Lydia Morrell contributed to this report.