The 2021 proposed budget does not include an 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. While the total amount collected from property taxes is not changing in 2021, it is possible that your tax bill may increase or decrease due to other factors, particularly changes to your property’s market value. 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 tool to see how changes in the City budget may impact your property taxes.
Please visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue for information about property tax refunds.
Comparison of City Taxes
|Payable 2020||Payable 2021 – Proposed||Change from 2020|
Where do my taxes go?
This pie chart shows the breakdown of a City tax bill under the 2021 proposed budget.
2021 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||2020 Percent of Property Tax Levy||2021 Percent of Property Tax Levy|
|General Government *||14.0%||13.7%|
|Parks and Recreation||10.5%||10.4%|
|Safety and Inspection||5.5%||5.3%|
|Port Authority (City Levy)||1.3%||1.3%|
* 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, and the Office of Technology and Communication. It also includes spending activities that exist across the city but are not necessarily assignable to a specific department.