June 14, 2021

Peter Leggett
Office of Mayor Melvin Carter

Mayor Carter Invites Community Members
to Shape Vision for Saint Paul
Through City Budget Roundtables

Three Virtual Roundtables to be Held Through Early July As Part of 2022 City Budget Process

Saint Paul, MN - Today, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced a series of city budget roundtables for community members to help shape the vision for Saint Paul as we emerge from the many challenges of this past year. The roundtables will focus on identifying the values and priorities of our community as part of the 2022 city budget process.

“Our 2022 city budget will be a vital part in shaping the path ahead for our community,” said Mayor Melvin Carter. “Join the conversation at our city budget roundtables as we continue our work to truly build back better.”

Led by the Mayor’s Office, in collaboration with the Office of Financial Services and Office of Technology and Communications, three virtual roundtables will be held in the coming weeks. The roundtables are free, open to the public and will be centered around an informative budget game that reflects the types of decisions city leaders face each year in the development of the annual city budget.

The dates and times of the roundtables are:

  • Tuesday, June 22 - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 8 - 6:30 p.m.

Community members interested in participating can register at

The annual city budget process follows Minnesota law, the City charter and the legislative code. The Mayor annually submits a city budget proposal to the City Council for the upcoming fiscal year by August 15, per City charter.

Following its submission, the City Council begins reviewing the Mayor’s proposed budget and holds public meetings with department leaders. As required by state law, the City Council sets the maximum property tax levy in September. After it is set, budgets may be adjusted, but they cannot exceed the maximum tax levy.

The Council holds additional public meetings including public hearings on the budget throughout the remainder of the fall and adopts a budget and tax levy for the City before the end of the year. The adopted budget represents changes made by the City Council to the Mayor’s proposed budget. The Mayor has line-item veto authority over the Council-adopted budget.

Learn more about the annual city budget process at


Last Edited: June 15, 2021