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Glossary of Legislative Terms

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Abstention – Parliamentary term connoting a refusal to vote either in support or in opposition to a motion or proposal. Abstentions may be counted for purposes of quorum, but not for the outcome of a particular decision.

Abstract Property – The evidence of the ownership of property is typically contained within a document called an “abstract” which guarantees an unbroken 40-year chain of title.

Acclamation – With the unanimous approval or support of the Council, typically the election of officers or appointment of members to subordinate boards and commissions are made in this fashion.

ActSee Official Act.

Adjournment – The official termination or closing of proceedings.

Adopt – Parliamentary term connoting favorable action on a recommendation or report on any matter or the passage (positive enactment) of a legislative measure.

Agenda – An outline of matters to be presented during a specific meeting, usually structured according to an established order of business.

Amend – Parliamentary term connoting an alteration to a motion, either by addition, deletion, or substitution, that improves the pending question or provides a suitable alternative.

Appropriation – A specific sum of money allocated by formal action for expenditure by a specific entity, from a specific source, and for a specific purpose.

Approved by the Mayor – All actions of the City Council affirmed by the Mayor and, thus, deemed "official acts" of the City of Minneapolis pedning legal publication, as required pursuant to City Charter Article IV, §4.4(c).

Arterial – A roadway that serves or is designed to serve heavy flows of traffic, which is used primarily as a street route for traffic between communities and/or other heavy traffic generating areas.

Assessment, Special – Charges applied to a property owner for improvements to streets, sewer, and/or water utilities, generally paid over a specified period.

Author – The Council Member introducing a legislative measure; also known as the measure's sponsor.


Block Grant – A federal grant to be spent within general guidelines but not designated for a specific purpose.

BondA certificate of indebtedness issued by the government in return for money it has borrowed. There are several types of bonds, including:

General Obligation Bonds (GO Bonds): Bonds secured by the “full faith and credit” of the issuing government and backed by taxing power.

Industrial Revenue Bonds: Bond proceeds used to finance the purchase or construction of facilities or equipment to be leased to a private corporation. The bonds are backed by the revenue generated by the lease payment and ultimately by the credit of the corporation.

Tax Increment Finance Bonds (TIF): Bonds sold to investors to raise capital for development activities. Interest paid to bond purchasers is usually exempt from state and federal taxation, although TIF bonds can also be sold to investors with no interest exemption from state and federal taxes.

Budget – The city goverment's principle policy document, it is both an official statement of fiscal, economic, and social policies and a spending plan for a specific fiscal year. Pursuant to the City Charter, the Mayor is responsible for submitting a proposed budget by no later than August 15 each year.


Cadastre – A public record of the surveyed dimensions and value of land parcels used to record ownership and calculate taxes.

Categorical Grant – A federal grant of money for use in a narrowly defined functional area such as sewage treatment plants, housing, law enforcement or other activities.

Chair – Common term referring to the presiding officer of a meeting body.

Chief Elected Official – The Mayor of the City of Minneapolis.

City Charter – The legal document enacted pursuant to the Minnesota Constitution Article XII §4 and first adopted by public vote in November 1920 which establishes the City of Minneapolis as a municipal corporation of the first class within the State of Minnesota. The City Charter embodies the fundamental principles of the the municipal corporation; describes its legal parameters; defines its powers, duties, and boundaries; and guarantees certain rights to the people. It is analogous to the constitutions of the federal and state governments.

City Council – The legislative and chief policy–determinant body of the City of Minneapolis as provided pursuant to Article IV of the Minneapolis City Charter. The City Council is composed of thirteen members, each elected from separate wards of roughly equal population, serving concurrent four–year terms.

Code of Ordinances – The official, published compilation of municipal law, policies and regulations, organized and arranged by subject matter.

Collector Street – A street which serves or is designed to serve as a traffic way for a neighborhood or as a feeder to a major roadway.

Commendation – A formal expression of appreciation or gratitude or a tribute that is offered by the City Council.

Commercial – A land use classification that describes commercial/retail business uses.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – A collection of federal grant programs administered by HUD that awards funds to state and local units of government for qualifying housing and economic development efforts.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) – An annual accounting report that explains and analyzes the financial activity of the city.

Comprehensive Plan – A compilation of goals, policy statements, standards, programs, and maps for guiding the physical, social, and economic development of a community or region.

Condemnation – The act of a public agency in taking property for a public purpose under the power of eminent domain (see Eminent Domain)

Conditional Use or Conditional Use Permit (CUP) – A use of property which may be appropriate within a specific zoning classification, but is not listed as a permitted use because conditions may be needed to ensure that no negative impacts result. The City may require any reasonable conditions contingent to permitting a conditional use.

Conflict of Interest (COI) – A conflict arising from any interest, pecuniary or otherwise, that interferes with an individual's ability to properly perform his or her official duties, or one which creates the appearance of such a conflict.

Confirmation – The process of approving a mayoral appointment to certain executive (charter) departments.

Consent Agenda – A separate docket (agenda) composed only of matters deemed to be routine and non–controversial; the consent agenda is considered under a single motion. If a Council Member wishes to have further discussion on any matter listed on the consent agenda, it can be removed and set aside for further consideration.

Constituent – A resident of a specific ward (or district) of the community.

Council Cycle – The two-week period which culminates with the meeting of the full City Council at which time formal action is taken on all matters referred by its standing committees. The standing policy committees meet during the two-week period prior ro each regular meeting of the full City Council.

Council Member – A person elected from one of the thirteen specific wards to represent its interests, needs, and priorities as a voting member of the City Council, the legislative body of the City of Minneapolis. Also referred to as Member.

Council Rules – The set of principles and corresponding regulations governing the organization and operation of the City Council and its committees and the introduction, consideration, and transaction of business. The City Council has adopted Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised as its parliamentary authority.

Cumulative Supplement – A supplement to the current edition of the Code of Ordinances, published annually, that identifies all new material that has beene codified.

Covenant – a contract between two or more individuals, which constitutes a restriction of a particular use of a particular parcel or parcels.

County State Aid Highways (CSAH) – Roadways maintained by MN DOT or a county department of transportation.


Debate – Formal discussion about a proposal or subject matter pending action by a decision-making body during a duly constituted meeting of its members.

Density – A number expressing the relationship of the number of dwellings to an acre of land.

Down Zoning – Changing a district from a higher to a lower intensity use.


Easement – A grant by a property owner for use of a strip of land by the public or any person for any specific purpose or purposes of construction and maintaining utilities and/or roadways.

Effective Date – The date an official act takes legal effect. The effective date is based on publication in the City’s official newspaper, pursuant to City Charter, Article IV, § 4.4 (d). The standard timeline for legal publication is eight days after final action by the City Council, unless a separate effective date is specified within the act.

Eminent Domain – The right of a governmental unit to take private lands for a public use or purpose upon payment of just compensation.

Enabling Legislation – Legislation, by federal or state governments, which confer power upon the city government. In the adoption of a resolution, the enabling legislation, if any, is generally cited or referenced.

Enacting Clause – A short paragraph, or series of connected paragraphs, giving legal effect to the text which follows. The enacting clause—sometimes referred to as an ordaining clause—is a required element in every ordinance. The enacting clause is: “The City Council of the City of Minneapolis do ordain as follows:”

Enactment Date – The date when an official act is approved by the Mayor, or, in the alternative, the date when the City Council approves an official act by overriding the Mayor’s veto on a two-thirds vote.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – Analysis and evaluation of the potential effect of a project on the environment.

Executive Committee – Created in 1984 pursuant to charter referendum, the Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the City government. Members include the Mayor, the Council President and three Council Members (one of the minority party).


Feasibility Report – Includes a description of proposed street and/or utility improvements, a cost estimate for the project, project schedule, and a preliminary assessment roll.

File – Every legislative measure, proposal, or subject matter introduced to the City Council or referred to or from one of its standing committees is organized, presented, and tracked as a legislative file. Each file is assigned a unique number for tracking purposes, knows as its File Number.

First Reading – Formal introduction, subsequent to notice, of a proposed legislative measure, after which the measure is generally referred to the proper standing committee having subject matter jurisdiction for public hearing and recommendation. Pursuant to City Charter, Article IV, § 4.4 (b), each ordinance must be given two separate readings before final action, except by unanimous consent of the full City Council.

Fiscal Year – The defined, twelve-month period for transaction and computation of budgetary and accounting purposes. In Minneapolis, the fiscal year runs concurrent with the calendar year (January to December).

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) – A unit of measurement to account for the number of positions authorized to departments.


Hearing – A meeting, or portion of a meeting, to investigate, gather information, and accept public testimony on a specific matter or matters pending consideration by the City Council or its standing committees.

Home-Rule Charter City – Home-rule charter cities, such as Minneapolis, operate under a city charter as opposed to statutory cities, which operate under the statutory city code.

HUD – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a federal agency that administers several grant programs related to community development and affordable housing development.


Improvement Projects – The construction or re-construction of streets, sidewalks, sanitary sewer, water main, or storm sewer.

Introduction & Referral Calendar – A list of new legislative measures that, pursuant to previous notice, are formally introduced, given a first reading, and referred to the standing committee(s) having subject-matter jurisdiction.


Journal – The record of acts, orders, and judgments made by the City Council. The journal provides a parliamentary chronology of all actions taken, including motions, amendments, and votes; all committee reports; the processing of all measures, from introduction through final action; and other proceedings.


Land Use Plan – That part of a comprehensive plan which deals with the interrelationship between the different land uses.

Legislative Intent – The purpose for which a specific measure is passed or adopted as well as the meaning of any specific provisions.

Legislative Oversight – The function of reviewing and evaluating the performance of administrative agencies and departments.

Local Government Aid (LGA) – Minnesota Statutes §477A.013, Financial assistance from the State of Minnesota for municipalities. Allocation of these funds are based on complex formulas considering population, household size, city tax capacity, employment per capita, and many other factors.

Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program (LLEBG) – A federal program that provides a specific amount of funds to local police departments based on crime rate to subsidize special enforcement activities.


Mayor – The chief elected official of the City of Minneapolis, elected from a single district comprising the entire geographic boundary and the entire population of the city. Pursuant to City Charter, Article VII, § 7.1 (b), the Mayor is charged with general oversight of the City enterprise and its operations.

Mayor’s Budget – The financing plan prepared and presented by the Mayor which outlines strategies to fund ongoing operations and activities of the City of Minneapolis.

Meet Minneapolis – Official Convention and Visitor’s Association.


Adjourned Meeting – A meeting that is a continuation of a previous meeting.

Closed Meeting – A non-public meeting for considering quasi-judicial functions involving disciplinary procedures, strategy for labor negotiations, and litigation strategy with legal counsel.

Regular Meeting – A scheduled meeting that follows set with dates and times according to an adopted calendar.

Special Meeting – Any meeting other than a regular, adjourned, or emergency meeting. Written notice, posted and mailed/delivered a minimum of three days before the meeting, is required. No other business may be transacted other than as designated in the call for the special meeting.

Metropolitan Council (Met Council) – A regional planning organization appointed by the Governor of Minnesota which operates a regional transit system, collects and treats wastewater, produces population forecasts, distributes funding for several funding programs, produces regional planning documents, reviews local planning documents, and manages regional aviation transportation systems.

Metes and Bounds – A way to describe a parcel of land by starting at a known point and describing the bearings and distances of the line forming the boundaries of the property.

MN DOT – Minnesota Department of Transportation is responsible for funding and maintaining highway and aviation infrastructure.

Motion – Parliamentary term connoting a formal proposal for certain action.

Municipal Building Commission (MBC) – A separate legal entity composed jointly of Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis which owns and operates the historic City Hall/Courthouse Building.


Non–conforming Use – A use of land, building, or structures lawfully existing when a zoning ordinance or amendment is passed by the City Council, where the existing use does not comply with all regulations of the new ordinance or amendment.

Nuisance – Conditions of property or uses that pose a threat to public safety, general welfare, diminish property values, or conflict with lawful uses of other properties.


Oath of Office – The loyalty oath required under Minnesota law and the Minneapolis City Charter which must be subscribed to by all elected officials and certain appointed officers prior to assuming the office or position and performing official duties.

Open Meeting – MN Statute 471.705 covers all meetings that transact official public business (if a quorum is present) to discuss, decide, or receive information. Votes are required to be recorded and all printed material is to be available for public review.

Order of Business – The framework within which all matters and measures are presented for consideration by the City Council; it includes: Call to Order; Reports of Standing Committees; Reports of Special Committees; Introduction & Referral Calendar; Resolutions; Motions; Unfinished Business; New Business; Announcements; and Adjournment.

Ordinance – An official act of legislative character which is general or permanent in nature and is intended to have the effect and force of law, generally prescribing penalty provisions for any violation. An ordinance is comparable to a municipal statute.

Organizational Meeting – The first convening of the City Council in January following a general municipal election at which time the Members elect a President and other officers and organize themselves for the transaction of business.


Pass–through Grants – Grants and other financial assistance received by a governmental entity to transfer to, or spend on behalf of, a secondary recipient.

Plat – A map or drawing which graphically delineates the boundary of a land parcel for identification and record of title, which is recorded as a legal document.

Pollution Control Agency – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA or PCA) is a state agency which monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, enforces environmental regulations, finds and cleans up spills or leaks, and conduct environmental education.

President – The Council Member elected by City Council to serve as its presiding officer.

Public Hearing – A legal requirement giving citizens an opportunity to comment on issues.

Public Land – Land owned or operated by municipalities, school district, county, state, or other governmental unit.

Public Nuisance – Any action or existence of any activity that unreasonably annoys, injures or endangers the general health, safety, welfare or public peace such that the comfortable enjoyment of life or property is disrupted or which is offensive or has a blighting influence on the community.


Quorum – Parliamentary term referring to the minimum number of Members who must be in attendance to constitute a public meeting for the transaction of business.


Recess – An intermission within a meeting without closing, or adjourning, the official proceeding.

Reconsideration – A parliamentary mechanism that allows any question previously acted upon to be returned for additional or further consideration. The motion must be made by a Member who voted in the prevailing side of the first motion, and accepted by a majority of those present and voting.

Redistricting – The process of redrawing political boundaries to ensure equity in representation.

Repeal – Parliamentary action to revoke or annul a prior legislative enactment.

Rescind – Parliamentary action to nullify effect of any prior action that is not a legislative enactment; legislative enactments are repealed.

Residential – A land use classification that describes activities related to dwellings.

Resolution – A written expression of policy or policy intent, or the opinion or will of the municipal corporation as determined by the Mayor and City Council which is administrative and not legislative in character.

Results Minneapolis – A management tool that systematically tracks and reports performance.

Request for Proposals (RFP) – An invitation to contractors, companies, or agencies to contract to provide a service or materials to the City. A RFP may be open to sleeved bidders or to all.

Right–of–way – The area on, below, or above any real property in which the City has an interest including, but not limited to, any street, road, highway, alley, sidewalk, parkway, park, or any other place, area, or real property owned by or under the control of the City.

Roll Call Vote – A voting method in which a Member and his or her vote on a specific question are registered in the official record. Under a roll call vote, the clerk calls each Member’s name aloud and Members vote by responding when their name is called: aye (affirmative); nay (negative); or abstain. At the conclusion of the roll call, the clerk announces the total number voting on each side of the question. The presiding officer is always called last in a roll call. This voting method is also called voting by the Yeas & Nays.


Seniority – The rank of Members based on their continuous length of service in office.

Setback – The minimum horizontal distance between a structure and the lot line, road, highway, high watermark, or another structure.

Standing Committees – Standing Committees consider legislation and other matters and study specific areas of concern and report findings and recommendations to the full City Council.

Subdivision – The division or re-division of a lot, tract, or parcel of land into two or more lots either by platting or metes and bounds description.


Tax Increment Financing (TIF) – TIF is a development tool utilized by government agencies to encourage development that otherwise would not be financially feasible. Financing is secured by the anticipated incremental increase in tax revenue, resulting from the redevelopment of an area.

Truth in Taxation (TNT) – Notices and public hearings required by the State of Minnesota to disclose how property taxes are determined, address any disputes to property evaluation, explain City Budget appropriations, and encourage public participation in setting spending priorities.


Vacation of Easement – The removal of an easement from a property, generally in reference to a utility and drainage easement.

Variance – The waiving of the provisions of the zoning chapter in instances where the strict enforcement would cause undue hardship because of circumstances unique to the individual property under consideration. Self-imposed hardships are never eligible for variances.

Veto – Authority of the Mayor to disapprove action by the City Council. The Council can override the Mayor's veto by a two–thirds vote.

Voice Vote – A voting method in which Members orally declare their position on a specific question and the presiding officer determines the majority and declares the outcome. In contrast to a roll call vote, the record reflects only whether a question passes or fails and not individual votes of the Members. Voice votes are the standard voting method used in committee; roll call votes are the standard voting method in the full City Council.

Vote – The formal declaration by a Member registering support, opposition, or abstention with regard to a specific proposal or question under consideration.


Ward – A specific territory, or area, within the City that is represented by a Council Member. There are thirteen wards in the City of Minneapolis.

Watershed – The area drained by the natural and artificial drainage system.


Zoning Code – A document, adopted by the City Council, that defines zoning classifications within the city and prescribes the regulations associated with structural and architectural designs of the buildings and the use of those buildings within each zoning classification.

Zoning Districts – A zoning district may be either a primary district or an overlay district. The current districts are outlined briefly below. For more information on the definitions and requirements associated with each district, please consult the Municipal Code, Title 20.

Primary Zoning Districts - A primary district is any of several residence, office residence, commercial, downtown, or industrial districts. All property within the city is included within a primary zoning district. In the municipal code, these districts are described in chapters 546-550.

Residence Districts
R1 – Single-family District (low density)
R1A – Single-family District (low density)
R2 – Two-family District (low density)
R2B – Two-family District (low density)
R3 – Multiple-family District (medium density)
R4 – Multiple-family District (medium density)
R5 – Multiple-family District (high density)
R6 – Multiple-family District (high density)

Office Residence Districts
OR1 – Neighborhood Office Residence District
OR2 – High Density Office Residence District
OR3 – Institutional Office Residence District

Commercial Districts
C1 – Neighborhood Commercial District
C2 – Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District
C3A – Community Activity Center District
C3S – Community Shopping Center District
C4 – General Commercial District

Downtown Districts
B4 – Downtown Business District
B4S – Downtown Service District
B4C – Downtown Commercial District

Industrial Districts
I1 – Light Industrial District
I2 – Medium Industrial District
I3 – General Industrial District

Overlay Zoning Districts - An overlay district is any of several additional districts established by the zoning regulations that may be more or less restrictive than the primary zoning district. Where a property is located within an overlay district, it is subject to the provisions of both the primary zoning district and the overlay district. Where the provisions are in conflict, the overlay district governs. In the city’s municipal code, these districts are described in chapter 551.

PO – Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District
LH – Linden Hills Overlay District
IL – Industrial Living Overlay District
TP – Transitional Parking Overlay District
SH – Shoreland Overlay District
FP – Floodplain Overlay District
MR – Mississippi River Critical Area Overlay District
DP – Downtown Parking Overlay District
B4H – Downtown Housing Overlay District
DH – Downtown Height Overlay District
NM – Nicollet Mall Overlay District
HA – Harmon Area Overlay District
NP – North Phillips Overlay District
AP – Airport Overlay District
UA – University Area Overlay District
WB – West Broadway Overlay District


501c3 – Non-Profit Organization

a/k/a – also known as

AA – Affirmative Action

AC – Arts Commission

ACC – Augustana Care Corporation

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADEA – Age Discrimination in Employment Act

ADR – Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADT – Average Daily Traffic

AFL-CIO – American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

AFR – Applicable Federal Rate

AFSCME – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

AGI – Adjusted Gross Income

AHRI – American Heritage River Initiative

AIA – American Institute of Architects

AIBDC – American Indian Business Development Corporation

AICP – American Institute of Certified Planners

AMI – Area Median Income

AMM – Association of Metropolitan Municipalities

ANA – Armatage Neighborhood Association

ANA – Audubon Neighborhood Association

APA – American Planning Association

ARIF – Affordable Rental Investment Fund (MHFA program)

BB – Boarded Buildings

B–BOP – Bike Bus or Pool day

BBTF – Boarded Building Task Force

BC – Battalion Chief (Mpls Fire Dept)

BCA – Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

BCV – Bassett Creek Valley

BIIS – Building Information and Inspections System

BLS – Bureau of Labor Standards

BMNA – Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association

BMP – Best Management Practices

BMS – Bureau of Mediation Services

BNA – Bancroft Neighborhood Association

BNA – Bottineau Neighborhood Association

BNC – Beltrami Neighborhood Council

BNO – Bryant Neighborhood Organization

BOA – Board of Adjustment

BOMA – Building Owners & Management Association of Minneapolis

BW – Bench Warrant

CAC – Citizens Advisory Committee

CACHIE – Citywide Committee on Home Improvement Education

CAFR – Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

CAM – Community Action of Minneapolis, f/k/a Minneapolis Community Action Agency

CAO – City Attorney’s Office

CAP – Coordinated Action Plan

CAPRS – Computer Assisted Police Records System

CARAG – Calhoun Areas Residents Action Group

CAT – Chemical Assessment Team

CB – Catch Basin

CBD – Central Business District

CBF – Common Bond Fund

CBO – Community Based Organization

CC – City Council

CC – Code Compliance for condemned buildings

CCHT – Central Community Housing Trust

CCMT – Concerned Citizens of Marshall Terrace

CCP/SAFE – Community Crime Prevention/Safety for Everyone

CD – Community Development Committee

CDBG – Community Development Block Grant (federal funding)

CDC – Community Development Corporation

CDL – Commercial Drivers License

CEAC – Citizen Environmental Advisory Committee, f/k/a Minneapolis Environmental Committee

CEDF – Community Economic Development Fund (a program of the MCDA)

CEE – Center for Energy and the Environment

CERCLA – Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation & Liability Act, a/k/a Superfund

CFCs – Chlorofluorocarbons

CFL – Children, Family and Learning

CFR – Code of Federal Regulations

CHAMP – Child Health Assessment & Monitoring Project survey

CHODO – Community Housing Development Organization (HUD term under the HOME program)

CHS – Community Health Services (state funds for public health)

CID – Central Investigations Division

CIDNA – Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association

CIP – Capital Improvement Program

CIP – Citizen Inspection Program

CIP – Community Investment Program

CIT – Crisis Intervention Team

CJCC – Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee

CJIS – Criminal Justice Information System

CJS – Criminal Justice System

CLG – Certified Local Government

CLIC – Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee

CLPC – Citizens for a Loring Park Community

CLSR – Center for Local Self Reliance

CM – Council Member

CMP – Comprehensive Municipal Plan

CNA – Cleveland Neighborhood Association

CNAP – Coordinated Neighborhood Action Plan

CNIA – Central Neighborhood Improvement Association

CNO – Corcoran Neighborhood Organization

CO – Certificate of Occupancy, issued @ completion of new construction/remodeling when occupancy has changed

CO – Carbon Monoxide

CO2 – Carbon Dioxide

COC – Continuum of Care

CODEFOR – Computer Optimized Deployment-Focus On Results

COPS – Community Oriented Policing Services

COW – Committee of the Whole (city council)

CP – Command Post

CPC – City Planning Commission

CPD – (HUD’s office of) Community Planning and Development

CPED – Community Planning and Economic Development

CPNA – Columbia Park Neighborhood Association

CPS – Crime Prevention Specialist

CPT – Captain (Mpls Fire Dept)

CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

CRA – Civil Rights Act

CRA – Civilian Review Authority

CRA – Community Revitalization Act

CRT – Community Response Team

CSA – Community Services Administration or Act

CSAH – County State-Aid Highways

CSBG – Community Services Block Grant

CSC – Civil Service Commission

CSH – Corporation for Supportive Housing

CSL – Convention Sports and Leisure

CSO – Combined Sewer Overflow

CSO – Community Service Officer

CSR – Civil Service Rules

CSWG – Contaminated Sites Working Group

CUE – Committee on Urban Environment

CUED – Committee on Urban Economic Development

CUP – Conditional Use Permit

CURA – Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

CWA – Clean Water Act

CY – Calendar Year

d/b/a – doing business as

DAP – Domestic Abuse Project

DARE – Drug Awareness Resistance Education

DCR – Debt Coverage Ratio

DEP – Deputy Chief (Mpls Fire Dept)

DMNA – Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association

DOER – Department of Employee Relations

DOT – Department of Transportation

DP – Decision Package

DTC – Downtown Council

DTED – (Minnesota) Department of Trade and Economic Development

E2K – Engineering 2000 Software

EAC – Employee Advisory Committee

EAP – Employee Assistance Program

EAW – Environmental Assessment Worksheet

EC – Enterprise Community

ECCO – East Calhoun Community Organization

ECT – Environmental Coordinating Team

EDA – Economic Development Administration (federal)

EDA – Economic Development Agency (city or county)

EDAM – Economic Development Association of Minnesota

EEO – Equal Employment Opportunity

EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EHFNA – East Harriet-Farmstead Neighborhood Association

EIP – Employee Involvement Programs

EIRA – East Isles Residents Association

EIS – Environmental Impact Statement

EMS – Emergency Medical Services

EMT – Emergency Medical Technician

EMV – Estimated Market Value

ENG – Engine (Mpls Fire Dept)

EOC – Emergency Operations Center

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

EPA – Equal Pay Act

EPIC – East Phillips Improvement Coalition

EPNI – Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc.

EQB – Environmental Quality Board, f/k/a EQC

EQC – Environmental Quality Council, now known as EQB

ERT – Emergency Response Team

ERU – Emergency Response Unit

ESB – Emerging Small Business

ESG – Emergency Shelter Grant (federal funding for transitional housing)

ESL – English as a Second Language

ETOP – Employment Training Opportunities Program

EVP – Emergency Vehicle Priority

EZ – Empowerment Zone (federal funding)

f/k/a – formerly known as

FAA – Federal Aviation Administration

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency

FERC – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FHA – Federal Housing Administration

FHF – Family Housing Fund

FHLB – Federal Home Loan Bank

FIFO – First In First Out

FISCOL – Finance Information System for the City of Lakes

FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act

FMLA – Family and Medical Leave Act

FMO – Fire Motor Operator (Mpls Fire Dept)

FMR – Fair Market Rent

FMV – Fair Market Value

FNA – Folwell Neighborhood Association

FNA – Fulton Neighborhood Association

FNMA – Federal National Mortgage Association (FannieMae)

FRB – Federal Reserve Bank

FRNNG – Field-Regina-Northrop Neighborhood Group

FTE – Full Time Equivalent

FTO – Field Training Officer

FY – Fiscal Year

FYI – For Your Information (City of Mpls bi-weekly employee publication)

GA – General Assistance

GASB – Government Accounting Standards Board

GBA – Gross Building Area

GIS – Geographic Information Systems (for mapping)

GLBT – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender

GMCVA – Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association

GMDCA – Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association

GMHC – Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation

GNMA – Government National Mortgage Association (GinnieMae)

GO – General Obligation Bonds

GPOG – GIS Program Owners Group

GRH – Guaranteed Ride Home

HABS – Historic American Building Survey

HACA – Homestead Agricultural Credit Aid

HACC – Hawthorne Area Community Council

HAP – Housing Assistance Plan

HazMat – Hazardous Materials

HCADC – Hennepin County Adult Detention Center

HCFC – Hydrochlorofluorocarbons

HCGC – Hennepin County Government Center

HCMC – Hennepin County Medical Center

HCRRA – Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority

HCSO – Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

HH – Household

HHS – Health and Human Services Committee

HHW – Household Hazardous Waste

HIRED – No longer an acronym, f/k/a Helping Industry Resolve Employment Disabilities

HNA – Harrison Neighborhood Association

HNIA – Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association

HOME – Not an acronym, refers to federal Home Investment Partnerships Program

HOPE – Home Ownership for People Everywhere (federal housing funds)

HOPWA – Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (federal funding)

HOV – High Occupancy Vehicle

HOW – Home Ownership Works (a program of the MCDA)

HPC – Heritage Preservation Commission

HPDL – Hale, Page, Diamond Lake Community Association

HPO – Hiawatha Project Office

HR – Human Resources Department

HRB – Housing Revenue Bonds

HRIS – Human Resources Information System

HRS – Health Related Services (Minneapolis Public Schools)

HTF – Housing Trust Fund (MHFA funding program)

HUD – Housing and Urban Development

IAFF – International Association of Firefighters

IAU – Internal Affairs Unit

IC – Incident Commander (Mpls Fire Dept)

IDB – Industrial Development Bonds

IDIS – Integrated Disbursement & Information System (reporting system for CPD)

IGR – Intergovernmental Relations Committee (or Division)

IMLA – International Municipal Lawyers Association

IR&CA – Immigration Reform and Control Act

IRB – Industrial Revenue Bonds

ISO – Incident Safety Officer (Mpls Fire Dept)

ISTEA – Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (replaced by TEA-21)

ITE – Institute of Transportation Engineers

ITS – Information and Technology Services Department

JACC – Jordan Area Community Council

JDC – Juvenile Detention Center

JJS – Juvenile Justice System

JTPA – Jobs Training Partnership Act

KFNA – Kingfield Neighborhood Association

KIAA – Kenwood-Isles Area Association

KNA – Kenny Neighborhood Association

KSF – Thousand Square Feet

LAD – Ladder (Mpls Fire Dept)

LBNA – Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association

LBP – Lead Base Paint

LCA – Livable Communities Act

LCC – Longfellow Community Council

LCDA – Livable Communities Demonstration Account (Met Council funding)

LCTBRA – Livable Communities Tax Base Revitalization Account program

LCTS – Local Collaborative Time Study (Medicaid management funds)

LEAA – Law Enforcement Assistance Administration

LEAP – Labor, Education, Advancement Program

LGA – Local Government Aid

LHENA – Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

LHRI – Lowry Hill Residents Inc

LIF – Leveraged Investment Fund

LIFO – Last In First Out

LIHEAP – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

LiHNC – Linden Hills Neighborhood Council

LIHTC – Low Income Housing Tax Credits

LISC – Local Initiatives Support Corporation

LMC – Labor Management Committee

LMC – League of Minnesota Cities

LMV – Limited Market Value

LNA – Lyndale Neighborhood Association

LOA – Leave of Absence

LOS – Level of Service

LPHA – Local Public Health Association

LPNA – Logan Park Neighborhood Association

LRP – Lot Reduction Program (a program of the MCDA)

LRT – Light Rail Transit

LUST – Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

LYNAS – Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association

MAC – Metropolitan Airports Commission

MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MAHCO – Minnesota Association of Housing Code Officials

MALHFA – Minnesota Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies

MAO – Minnesota Age and Opportunity Center

MAPSI – Municipal Animal Patrol Services, Inc

MARIF – Minnesota Families ARIF fund (MHFA program)

MASAC – Metropolitan Aircraft Sound Abatement Council

MBC – Municipal Building Commission

MBE – Minority-owned Business Enterprise

MCAA – Minneapolis Community Action Agency, now known as CAM

MCC – Minneapolis Convention Center

MCCD – Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers

MCCR – Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights

MCDA – Minneapolis Community Development Agency

MCES – Metropolitan Council Environmental Services

MCH – Maternal and Child Health

MCS – Metro Commuter Services

MCTO – Metropolitan Council Transit Operations (1995, 1996)

MCWD – Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

MDCR – Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights

MDH – Minnesota Department of Health

MDHR – Minnesota Department of Human Rights

MECC – Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center

MEDA – MN Economic Development Association

MERB – Municipal Employees Retirement Board

MERF – Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund

MERLA – Minnesota Environmental Response Liability Act

MERSC – Minnesota Employee Recreation & Services Council

METP – Minneapolis Employment & Training Program

MFD – Minneapolis Fire Department

MFIP – Minnesota Family Investment Program, f/k/a AFDC

MH – Man Hole

MHFA – Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

MHNA – Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

MHRA – Minnesota Human Rights Act

MHS – Minnesota Historical Society

MILES – Minneapolis Industrial Land and Employment Strategy

MIP/DAP – Minneapolis Intervention/Domestic Abuse Project

MIS – Management Information System

MMI – Metropolitan Median Income

MMRWMO – Middle Mississippi River Watershed Management Organization

MMS – Minneapolis Multicultural Services

MMSW – Mixed Municipal Solid Waste

MNCIS – Minnesota Crime Information System

MnDOT – Minnesota Department of Transportation

MNDTED – Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development

MNSCU – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

MO – Minnesota Orchestra

MOA – Memorandum of Agreement

MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

MOV – Multiple Occupancy Vehicle

MPCA – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

MPD – Minneapolis Police Department

MPEA – Minneapolis Professional Employees Association

MPHA – Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

MPL – Minneapolis Public Library

MPOF – Minneapolis Police Officers Federation

MPRA – Minneapolis Police Relief Association

MPRB – Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

MPRB – Minnehaha Park Recreation Board

MPS – Minneapolis Public Schools

MPWEA – Minneapolis Public Works Engineers Association

MRCC – Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce

MRCC – Mississippi River Coordinating Commission

MRT – Management Review Team for the NRP

MSA – Municipal State Aid

MSCA – MN Shopping Center Association

MSFC – Metropolitan Sports Facilities Committee

MSFCA – Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association

MTN – Minneapolis Telecommunications Network

MUPS – Municipal and Utility Package System

MVNA – Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency

NAACP – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

NAB – National Alliance of Business

NAHRO – National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

NCIS – National Crime Information System

NDP – Neighborhood Development Project

NEA – National Endowment for the Arts

NEC – Neighborhood Environment Committee

NEDF – Neighborhood Economic Development Fund (a program of the MCDA)

NEF – National Equity Fund (tax credit investor)

NELC – Neighborhood Early Learning Center

NEN – Neighborhood Employment Network

NENA – Nokomis East Neighborhood Association

NEPNA – Northeast Park Neighborhood Association

NFA – National Fire Academy

NFPA – National Fire Protection Agency

NGO – Non-governmental Organization

NHCN – Neighborhood Health Care Network

NHPA – National Historic Preservation Act

NIEBPAC – Nicollet Island-East Bank Project Area Committee

NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard

NLA – Net Leasable Area

NLC – National League of Cities

NNHS – Northside Neighborhood Housing Services

NNO – National Night Out

NOW – National Organization for Women

NPDES – National Pollution Discharge Elimination System

NRP – Neighborhood Revitalization Program (Mpls funding program for neighborhoods)

NRRC – Northside Residents Redevelopment Council

NWIP – North Washington Industrial Park

OCU – Organized Crime Unit

OEA – Office of Environmental Assistance

OIC – Opportunities Industrialization Center

OJT – On The Job Training

OMB – Office of Management and Budget

OPR – Off the Payroll

OSC – On Scene Commander

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSTC – Occupational Skills Training Center

PAA – Project Analysis Authorization

PAB – Personnel Advisory Board

PAC – Precinct Advisory Council

PAL – Police Athletic League

PARIF – Preservation ARIF Funds (MHFA program)

PCA – Pollution Control Agency

PD – Police Department

PD – Public Defender

PELRA – Public Employment Labor Relations Act

PERA – Public Employees Retirement Association

PHAC – Public Health Advisory Committee

PILOT – Payment in Lieu of Taxes

PIO – Public Information Officer

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

PPERRIA – Prospect Park-East River Road Improvement Association

PPF – Preliminary Planning Fund

PPL – Project for Pride in Living

PPNA – Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association

PRC – Permanent Review Committee

PRC – Project Review Committee

PRG – Powderhorn Residents Group

PSC – Public Service Center

PSF – Public Service Facility

PSP – Public Space Partners

PSR – Public Service Request

PSRS – Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee

PTE – Part-Time Equivalent

PW – Public Works Department

QAP – Qualified Allocation Plan (for low income housing tax credits)

QAU – Quality Assurance Unit

QRC – Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant

QRC – Qualified Rehabilitation Coordinator

REAC – Real Estate Assessment Center (HUD multi-family department)

RFP – Request for Proposals

RFQ – Request for Qualifications

RGU – Responsible Government Unit

RIF – Rehabilitation Incentive Fund

RLF – Revolving Loan Fund

RLIC – Rental Licensing

ROCCI – Repeat Offenders Code Compliance Initiative, now known as City Wide Initiative

ROE – Return on Equity

ROP – Repeat Offender Program

RSVP – Retired Senior Volunteer Program

RTF – Rich Text Format (Windows)

RTW – Return to Work Program

SAENA – St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association

SAFE – Safety for Everyone

SAOIC – Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Center, f/k/a TCOIC

SBA – Small Business Administration

SBC – School Based Clinics

SBCD – State Building Codes Division

SBE – Small Business Enterprise Program

SCNA – Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association

SECIA – Southeast Como Improvement Association

Section 106 – Federal historic preservation regulations

Section 3 – Federal regulations for economic opportunities for local residents & businesses

Section 42 – IRS codes for LIHTC

SEED – South East Economic Committee

SEMI – Southeast Minneapolis Industrial Area

SENA – Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association

SHAPE – Survey of the Health of Adults, the Population and the Environment

SHP – (HUD) Supportive Housing Program

SHPO – State Historical Preservation Office

SID – Special Investigations Division

SIP – Subject in Progress

SISP – Strategic Information System Plan

SLUC – Sensible Land Use Commission

SNG – Seward Neighborhood Group

SNHS – Southside Neighborhood Housing Services

SNO – Sheridan Neighborhood Organization

SOV – Single Occupancy Vehicle

SRC – Staff Review Committee

SRO – Single Room Occupancy (dwelling unit)

SSCO – Stevens Square Community Organization

SSI – Supplemental Security Income

SSO – Sanitary Sewer Overflow

STAWNO – St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization

STS – Sentencing to Serve

SUBP – Small and Underutilized Business Enterprise Program

SW&R – Solid Waste and Recycling Division

SWIM – Safe Water in Minneapolis

SYEP – Summer Youth Employment Program

SYETP – Summer Youth Employment & Training Program

TAB – Transportation Advisory Board (of the Met Council)

TAC – Technical Advisory Committee

TAD – Third Avenue Distributor

TBRA – Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

TCED – Twin Cities Economic Development Group

TCMA – Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

TCMC – Twin Cities Metropolitan Council

TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf

TEA-21 – Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (replaces ISTEA)

TEA3 – The anticipated reauthorization of TEA-21

TIC – Traveler Information Center

TIF – Tax Increment Financing

TinT – Truth in Taxation

TISH – Truth-in-Sale of Housing

TIVA – Towing of Inoperable Vehicles

TMO – Transportation Management Organization

TMP – The Minneapolis Plan

TMP – Transportation Management Plan

TNA – Tangletown Neighborhood Association

TOD – Transit-Oriented Development

TOH – This Old House

TPW – Transportation and Public Works Committee

TRA – Tenants Remedy Act

TRI – Toxic Release Inventory

TSC – Technology Steering Committee

TTD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, a/k/a TTY

TTD – Temporary Total Disability

TTY – a/k/a TTD

UDAG – Urban Development Action Grants

UEC – Urban Ecology Coalition

UMO – University of Minnesota Opera

URA – (Federal) Uniform Relocation Act

URAP – Urban Revitalization Action Program

USEPA – United States Environmental Protection Agency

USFA – United States Fire Administration

VA – Veteran’s Administration

VB – Vacant & Boarded

VBR – Vacant Building Registration

VIC – Voluntary Investigative Cleanup (MPCA Program)

VINA – Victory Neighborhood Association

VISTA – Volunteers in Service to America

VO – Vacant & Open

VPIC – Voluntary Petroleum Investigative Cleanup

VS – Vacant & Secure

W&M/Budget – Ways and Means Budget Committee

W/MBE – Women/Minority Business Enterprise

WBCC – West Bank Community Coalition

WBE – Women-owned Business Enterprise

WC – Workers Compensation

WCC – Windom Community Council

WCNC – West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

WCNO – Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization

WIC – Women, Infants & Children Food Supplemental Program

WIND – Western Initiatives for Neighborhood Development

WMEP – West Metro Education Project

WMO – Watershed Management Organization

WPCC – Waite Park Community Council

WPCIA – Windom Park Citizens in Action

WWW – World Wide Web

YCB – Youth Coordinating Board

YETP – Youth Employment & Training Program

Z&P – Zoning and Planning Committee

Budget Terms

The accounts of the City are organized by fund types. A “fund” is a grouping of related accounts that is used to maintain control over resources that have been segregated for specific activities or objectives.
The operations of each fund are monitored with a separate set of self-balancing accounts that comprise its assets, liabilities, fund equities, revenues and expenditures/expenses. Following is a listing and description of all City funds.

General Fund. The General Fund is the general operating fund of the City. It is used to account for all financial resources except those that are required to be accounted for in another fund.

Enterprise Funds. The Enterprise Funds are used to account for those activities of the City which are financed and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises where expenses, including depreciation, are recovered principally through user charges. The City operates eight enterprise funds, including the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department:

Internal Service Funds. Internal Service Funds are similar to Enterprise Funds in that they are used to account for those City services which are financed and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises, however, the customer is typically other City departments instead of the public. The City operates six Internal Service Funds:

Special Revenue Funds. Special revenue funds are used to account for the proceeds of revenue sources that are restricted by legal and regulatory provisions to finance specific activities. The City has thirty-four Special Revenue Funds, including community and economic development funds. These funds are used to account for the City’s planning and community development goals, most of which are financed through property tax increment financing.

Capital Projects Funds. The Capital Projects Fund is used to account for financial resources and expenditures applied to the construction of capital facilities and major purchased items for governmental fund types:

Debt Service Funds. The Debt Service Funds are used to account for the accumulation of resources for, and the payment of, general long-term debt, principal, interest, and related costs. Included in the Debt Service Funds are:


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