Proposed St. Paul budget includes property tax levy increase

Updated: August 15, 2019 07:23 PM

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter introduced his 2020 budget proposal Tuesday afternoon, which included a property tax levy increase.

"Even with our growth and strong standing, we started our 2020 budget process with a $17 million gap, in large part due to salary growth for our public safety staff and other city workers," Carter said. 

The budget proposed is set at $622 million. Carter said his budget proposal helps the city address the gap with the proposed 4.85% property tax levy increase. 

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According to the mayor, the proposed levy would amount to an increase of $55 a year for a median value home. 

In his proposal, Carter listed a number of strategic investments, including at $20.3 million investment in the city's streets, sidewalks and bikeways. 

The budget also called for investments in expanding the hours of the city's recreation center, upgrading existing parking meters providing charging hubs for electric vehicles. 

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