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Minneapolis police pension fund approves merger

City officials say merging the two funds will save Minneapolis property tax payers tens-of-millions of dollars a year. Mayor R.T. Rybak says the savings from the merger will help support no increases in the city's property tax levy.
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City officials say merging the two funds will save Minneapolis property tax payers tens-of-millions of dollars a year. Mayor R.T. Rybak says the savings from the merger will help support no increases in the city's property tax levy.

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