It has been all over the news. There will be a 10.5% tax increase. That means property taxes will go up. The median increase per homeowner will be less than $70 a year. If you own an expensive house you will pay more. If you own a less expensive house the dollar amount per year will be less.
The money is going to be spent on more police officers. I have never been impressed with St. Paul police officers. The 9 new officers are needed for a mental health unit and for sex crimes investigations and for a downtown command.
I can tell you from personal experience that downtown isn’t all that safe at least not on the streets. We aren’t supposed to talk about that because it is bad for business but it is true. The skyways are safe but the streets are not.
Some of the money is going to be used for street repairs. I hope some of it gets spent on sidewalk repairs too.
A financial empowerment office is being established. I don’t fully understand it but it has to do with helping St. Paul students set up college savings accounts. I don’t understand how anyone can save enough money to pay for college but apparently, there are people who think it can be done.
Library late fines are going away. People will still be charged for lost or stolen books but no more late fees. Apparently, there are tens of thousands of people who owe library fines and as a result, they stopped borrowing books.
I am a raving fan of the Saint Paul Public library. I borrow a lot of kindle books. I like that I can grab a book most anytime I want and they are automatically returned when they are due. The library has so many programs people don’t even know about. Visit https://sppl.org/ to learn more and get a library card today if you don’t have one already. If the tax increase helps make St. Paul a better place to live it will have a positive impact on property values.
Here is a pie chart that shows how your tax dollars will be spent. For more information about the city and taxes go to StPaul.gov and use the search to find information about the budget. As you know I try not to link to the city website because they move the pages around and break my links.
The government administration costs look a little high but what do I know. My administrative costs are very low because I run an efficient women-owned small business, not a city.