Commission Proposes Higher Filing Fees for Mpls. Candidates

Updated: 11/07/2013 8:48 AM By: Tim Sherno

In its regularly scheduled meeting, the Minneapolis Charter Commission proposed raising the filing fees for municipal offices. The move would likely reduce the number of candidates in municipal races.

Currently, the filing for mayor, city council, parks and recreation commissioners and Board of Estimates and Taxation are all $20.

The board proposed raising those fees to $500 for mayor, $250 for city council, and $100 for both parks and recreation commissioners and Board of Estimates and Taxation.

Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl says the filing fees have been in place for decades, "That increase is from $20 across the board, which was set by statute in the 1960s and hasn't been changed since."

Carl says the charter can be changed by popular vote, but there are other options. "The charter can be amended by a unanimous 13-0 vote of the city council with the approval of the mayor." Carl says the commission hopes the current city council and mayor vote on the change because they have experience with rank voting.
Carl says a would-be candidate doesn't have to pay the filing fee if they can collect 500 signatures or 2 percent of the voter total from the most recent election, whichever is more.