2021: Building a Saint Paul that Works for All of Us
Welcome to Our Capital Improvement Budget! This year, City departments are submitting proposals for projects to improve the quality of life in our community. In this stage, we invite you to provide your input as to which projects we should prioritize for funding over the course of the next two years.
Follow the link to learn more about proposed projects and take a survey to tell us which ones you'd like to see considered for funding.
At a series of Community Conversations about the CIB process, City departments presented information on their proposed projects. Follow the links below to see the materials from those presentations:
Capital Improvement Budget Process
The Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) is how we fund the construction and maintenance of City infrastructure. This includes improvements in streets, bridges, libraries, parks, recreation centers, and other public facilities and infrastructure. The budget is composed of a variety of state, federal, and local funding sources. The CIB Committee is an advisory body of 18 Saint Paul residents that recommends projects and funding levels to the Mayor every year by June 30. The Capital Improvement Budget is approved by the Mayor and City Council annually.
The Saint Paul Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) process is designed to engage residents in evaluating capital needs in the City. In 2019, we launched a new CIB process to replace the over three decades old existing process and focus more strongly on:
- Equity and inclusion: Budgeting decisions reflect our commitment to equity. The CIB Committee supports identifying ways to invite more voices to the table and ensure investments are distributed equitably throughout the City.
- Strategic investments: Capital investments all feed into a larger, more comprehensive strategic framework that takes advantage of data and ensures maximum return on investment.
- Fiscal responsibility: Existing infrastructure such as roads, bridges and sidewalks – as well as existing parks and libraries facilities – are well-tended. Maintenance is prioritized.
One of the most significant changes to the process is the creation of a two-year cycle with the first year dedicated to City department-submitted projects and the second for community-submitted projects, eliminating the competition for funding between City and community projects that existed in the previous process.
Odd-Numbered Years: City Department Projects
In the spring of the odd-numbered years, a working group composed of representatives from City departments and the CIB Committee begin to review project proposals and 5-year plans submitted by City departments. As part their review, the working group shares the list of potential projects with the community for input. When project review is completed, the working group forwards their project and plan recommendations to the CIB Committee. The Committee reviews, discusses, and holds a public meeting on the recommended plans.
Even-Numbered Years: Community-created Projects
The process begins with the Mayor announcing City priorities for the coming budget year. The City and CIB Committee begin recruiting applications from the community. In the spring of the even-numbered year, the working group screens submitted applications for eligibility. All eligible proposals present to the CIB Committee. Online polling provides additional data that the CIB Committee may use while considering which projects to recommend.
In both years, the CIB Committee forwards recommended capital improvement budgets for the following two fiscal years to the Mayor by late June. The Mayor proposes capital (and operating) budgets to the City Council and residents in mid-August. During the fall, the City Council reviews the Mayor's proposed budgets and holds public hearings. In mid-December, the Council adopts a final capital improvement budget for the next fiscal year and approves a tentative budget for the year after.
Visit the CIB Committee web page for more information on committee meetings, meeting agendas and minutes, and meeting locations and times.
Capital Improvement Budgets
The 2021 Adopted Capital Improvement Budget and budgets from prior years are available on the City's budget page.
For questions, contact CIB-Proposals@ci.stpaul.mn.us.