St. Paul City Council expected to approve 2019 budget Wednesday

December 11, 2018 10:29 PM

The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve it's 2019 budget Wednesday. It includes a double-digit increase to property taxes for most homeowners. It also does away with late fees at libraries.

KSTP's Leah McLean sat down with Mayor Melvin Carter to talk about why library fees are such a high priority for him.


"Right now in St. Paul, we have 51,000 families who have library cards deactivated for $10 in late fees or less, going back to 2009. That makes no sense. We are going to fix it. We are going to invite those families back to the library," Mayor Carter said. 

The city's investment would add $215,000 per year to the library's general fund budget, bringing library spending to just over $20 million. The overall city budget calls for a property tax increase of over 10 percent. That's about $67 a year for an average home.

Library officials say with or without late fees people tend to return materials at the same rate. 

In addition to ending library late fees, the new St. Paul budget would add nine police positions, add an immigration attorney and include $500,000 for bike projects.

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