The Saint Paul City Council's Chief Budget Officer is responsible for assisting the Council in its annual budget review and adoption process. The Council's budget review process is separate from the city's Office of Financial Services, which is the city department responsible for the overall financial management of the city.

The City Council is responsible for adopting the City's operating and capital budgets and property tax levies. In August, the Mayor proposes the budgets for the following year. After the budgets are proposed, the City Council begins its consideration of the budgets. A series of Council Budget Committee meetings are held throughout the fall to review the Mayor's proposed budgets in detail. Public hearings on the proposed budgets and tax levies are also held during this time period. In mid-December, the Council adopts the final budgets and property tax levies, incorporating any changes Councilmembers have to the original proposal into the adopted budgets and levies.

The Mayor's proposed budget is available on-line at www.stpaul.gov/budget.  From August to December, the City Council meets to discuss the Mayor's proposed budget.  

The City Council Priorities

  • Ensuring equitable and responsible use of city resources
  • Improving neighborhood safety and eliminating gun violence  
  • Supporting economic growth and development 
  • Expanding and preserving affordable housing  
  • Integrating climate action resilience strategies 
  • Providing excellence in city and constituent service 

Last Edited: January 4, 2023