Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral
Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral

Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the 46th, and first African-American mayor of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City.

A fifth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Carter leads with an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources, and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city with a $50 College Savings Account, starting January 1, 2020.

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City Council

As the legislative body, the City Council is responsible for setting City policy through ordinances and resolutions. The Council also has sole responsibility for adopting the City’s budget. The Council legislates by passing Ordinances which become City laws. The Council also makes performance auditing decisions and monitors the operation and performance of city agencies and holds regular oversight hearings on city departments to determine how programs are working and whether budgeted funds are being spent well. In its decision-making roles, the City Council actively involves the public through its weekly public meetings.

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Latest News

Mayor Carter Announces Next Evolution of Citywide Garbage and Recycling Collection

3/1/2024 Mayor's Office

Service providers selected for recycling services starting in November 2024, and garbage, bulky and yard waste collection services starting in April 2025

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Saint Paul City Council Passes $45.1 Million for Street, Parks and Recreation Center Projects Funded by City’s New 1% Sales Tax

2/29/2024 Mayor's Office

Projects funded by Saint Paul’s new 1% sales tax approved by voters last fall marks the launch of once-in-a-generation investments in streets and parks infrastructure estimated to total $1 billion over the next two decades.

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Saint Paul to Plow and Salt Residential Streets Today

2/15/2024 Public Works

City of Saint Paul has not declared a Snow Emergency

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Summer Choice Fair: Learn about Saint Paul summer programs

2/12/2024 Parks & Recreation

Families are invited to Oxford Community Center to learn about a wide variety of exciting summer program opportunities offered by organizations all across Saint Paul.

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Last Edited: February 26, 2024