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Judge Rules In Favor Of Mayor Hodges In Mpls. Budget Dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge has thrown out a complaint against Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges over a delay in producing the full 2018 city budget.

Board of Estimate and Taxation member Carol Becker filed a lawsuit against Hodges earlier this month, arguing that the budget delay violates city charter and is unfair to citizens.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
Mayor Betsy Hodges (credit: CBS)

Judge Mary Vasaly ruled Thursday that Hodges has submitted an outline of the budget and the court has no authority to demand that the mayor provide more detailed information.

The $1.4 billion budget proposal includes a 5.5 percent property tax increase.

Hodges says the judge made a "common-sense decision" on a frivolous lawsuit. Becker threatened to file a similar complaint against former Mayor R.T. Rybak in 2011.

A phone number for Becker could not be found.

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