Saint Paul property owners should be receiving mailed notices this month of their estimated property taxes for 2023. The estimates are based on the maximum property tax levies established earlier this fall by Ramsey County, the city of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul School Board. In the next two weeks, property owners will have three opportunities to sound off on those levies and try to convince local officials to lower the amounts.
Hearings set November 28 and December 6
Public hearings on the tax levies will be held before the Ramsey County Board at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 28, at the Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave.; before the Saint Paul City Council at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, in City Hall; and before the Saint Paul School Board at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, in Conference Rooms A and B of the school district Administration Building at 360 Colborne St.
City eyes 15.3% increase in tax levy
The City Council wrapped up its 2023 budget deliberations on November 16. Council members have been looking for ways to trim the 15.3 percent tax levy increase proposed by Mayor Melvin Carter in support of his $781.5 million city budget for 2023. About 7.74 percent or $13.572 million of the levy increase can be attributed to the court-ordered shift of Saint Paul’s street maintenance charges from assessments to property taxes.
County is looking at 4.54% tax increase
Ramsey County has proposed a 4.54 percent increase in its property tax levy for 2023 to support a $785.4 million budget. That represents an increase of about $2.3 million over the county’s 2022 budget. The county is planning to increase its Regional Rail Authority levy by 2.7 percent—from $29.6 million to $30.41 million. Ramsey County’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy would also be increased by 2.7 percent—from $11.1 million to $11.4 million.
School district levy would decrease 1%
The School Board is poised to levy $201.03 million in 2023, a 1 percent decrease from the $202.8 million levy in 2022.
All three public hearings will also be live-streamed online. The public may submit questions or comments during the hearings or beforehand. Prior to adopting their 2023 budgets, the three local jurisdictions may reduce their respective tax levies but they may not increase them.
The Ramsey County Board is scheduled to adopt its final 2023 budget and levy on Tuesday, December 13. The City Council is scheduled to adopt its final 2023 budget and levy on December 7. The School Board will approve its 2023 levy later in December, but will not act on the district’s 2023-24 budget until next spring.
To comment on the city or county tax levies or to register to view the public hearings online, visit ramseycounty.us or stpaul.gov. To submit a comment on the school district levy, visit spps.org/Page/31813 or contact Sarah Dahlke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Jane McClure
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