A $15 million plan to replenish the ranks of Minneapolis police officers and keep the officers currently on the job by offering bonuses is now in doubt.
Tuesday, meeting as a budget committee, the Minneapolis City Council voted 7-5 to not even discuss the plan — and rebuked Mayor Jacob Frey for how he's gone about introducing it, the Star Tribune reports.
At issue was a tentative agreement between Frey's administration and the police union, promoted as a crucial step to stopping an exodus of veterans and luring new officers. The deal could be reconsidered later, but the council's action makes its future uncertain.
The agreement, announced by Frey and O'Hara last week, would draw from a $19 million pool of state funds to pay $18,000 to eligible police officers over the next two and a half years, as well as $15,000 in incentive bonuses for new hires.