City of Saint Paul Property Tax Estimator

The 2020 proposed budget includes a 4.85% increase in the property tax levy. Changes in your property's market value and changes in the City's tax levy, among other factors, will impact what you pay in taxes next year. The City of Saint Paul has created a property tax estimator to allow residents to understand estimated changes in their property taxes from year to year. Use this new tool to see how changes in the City budget may impact your property taxes.

Disclaimer: these calculations are strictly estimates and should not be considered binding or relied upon for planning purposes.

Estimates only include city taxes, not school district, county, or other taxing jurisdictions.

These calculations apply to a residential homestead property. If you have another type of property (rental home, apartment, commercial, etc.) and would like an estimate, please contact the Office of Financial Services.

Property values are assigned by the County Assessor. Don’t know your value? You can look it up. After selecting your address, scroll down and select the 2019 Value Notice.

On August 22, 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered the City to place the ordinance that created rules for garbage collection on the ballot for citywide vote. The Court did not explain the reasoning for their decision. The ordinance will be on the November 5th ballot. If the ordinance is repealed by this vote, depending on the reasoning of the Court, the City may be required to operate under the terms of the contract with the trash haulers. Under that scenario, the haulers will still collect garbage, but the financial obligation may be shifted from individual rate-payers to all property owners in Saint Paul, through our City general fund. The cost for garbage collection for 2020 is estimated at $27.1 million, which would require an additional 17.4% increase in the property tax levy if the City were to pay the trash contract.

State law requires the City to set a maximum tax levy by September 30. Because the result of the trash ordinance vote will not be known until after the November 5th election, the City Council set a maximum levy that allows for the potential shifting of the financial obligation from individual rate-payers to all property owners via the property tax levy. The maximum levy set on September 30 is NOT the final tax levy and may be lowered when the final budget is adopted in December.

Comparison of City Taxes

  Payable 2019 Payable 2020 – Proposed Change from 2019 Payable 2020 – Maximum Levy 1 Change from 2019
Market Value
City Tax

1 Includes additional $27.1M for garbage collection

Where do my taxes go?

This pie chart shows the breakdown of a City tax bill under the 2020 proposed budget. This chart will change if the property tax levy is increased in the 2020 adopted budget.

2020 Department Spending as Percent of Property Tax Levy

Property taxes are used for general City and Library operations and to pay City debt. City departments also receive funding from other sources budgeted in special funds. These special funds are used for designated or restricted purposes.

Department 2019 Percent of Property Tax Levy 2020 Percent of Property Tax Levy
Police 27.5% 27.6%
Fire 18.1% 17.9%
General Government 2 14.0% 13.5%
Parks and Recreation 10.5% 10.5%
Debt 9.7% 10.5%
Public Works 8.2% 8.0%
Safety and Inspection 5.6% 5.6%
Libraries 5.1% 5.1%
Port Authority (City Levy) 1.3% 1.3%

2 General Government includes City Council, Mayor's Office, City Attorney's Office, Emergency Management, Office of Financial Services, Human Resources, Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, the Office of Technology and Communication, and Planning and Economic Development. It also includes spending activities that exist across the city but are not necessarily assignable to a specific department.

Please visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue for information about property tax refunds.