PAUL – After four years of
working smarter to provide better service at a better price, Mayor Chris
Coleman announced today that the 2011 budget would mean no new or raised taxes
in Saint Paul.
A direct result of the hard work and dedication of City employees and
residents, the budget furthers Saint
Paul as a national model for fiscal responsibility.
“This budget reflects our
commitment to providing better service at a better price. In these past four
years, we have made tough choices and sacrifices in the face of an economic
recession and cuts to LGA. This year the state kept it’s commitment to provide Minnesota cities with
stable funding, and in turn we are able to keep taxes flat for residents in
2011. We must focus on rebuilding Saint
Paul while laying the foundation for a growing
economy,” Mayor Coleman said.
Mayor Coleman announced that
the City will invest $140,000 in the Parks and Recreation department, allowing
them to increase staff and expand hours in Community Centers, while increasing
outreach for our North
Center, No School Days
and Summer Blast programs.
Parks and Recreations will
also receive $160,000 to provide a career skills component to their Youth Jobs
Corps initiative. Jobs Corps employees will now receive training in computer
skills; resume writing, interview preparation, developing a career path and
college access information. The department will also expand the Job Corps
program, reaching out to older youth and young adults who don't meet current
In addition to construction
of the Central Corridor beginning on University in 2011, Mayor Coleman said
work will also begin on replacing the Lafayette and Cayuga bridges. The Lafayette Bridge replacement is a $200 million
project using state and federal funds. When completed, the bridge will be a “complete
streets” bridge, providing bicycle and pedestrian connections from downtown and
the East Side to the West Side, Dakota
County and beyond.
The Cayuga Bridge
project will create a full
access interchange between Phalen
Boulevard and I-35E. The new bridge will fulfill
the Phalen Boulevard
promise of providing new employers with a direct connection to I-35E and the
regional transportation network.
budget invests $500,000 in Saint Paul Police and Fire Departments, providing
for better equipment, increased training and faster response times. The Police
Department will utilize their $200,000 to add six additional Sergeants and a
Commander who will be assigned to the newly formed FBI Safe Streets initiative.
Police will also replace 610 guns and offer three additional training
opportunities throughout the year. For the Fire Department, $300,000 will
maintain staffing and allow for two additional Supermedic Teams, shortening
fire and EMS response times.
2011 Budget in Brief
2011 Rebuilding Saint Paul
2011 Saint Paul Education Strategy