Mayor Coleman announces public budget talks

Strategic investments and closing the projected $9.6 million budget gap focus of community engagement

SAINT PAUL – Mayor Chris Coleman today announced his budget address will be held on August 13, 2014, at the newly renovated Schmidt Brewery site. In the lead-up to final budget decisions, the Mayor will host four public meetings across the city during July and August, while also encouraging online participation through Twitter and the City’s website, “As the city faces a projected $9.6 million budget gap, it is critically important that we make it as easy as possible for Saint Paul residents to participate in discussions about our investment priorities,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “We recognize that while in-person meetings are ideal for some, we need to make it easy for people to provide ideas and input through online channels.” The Mayor began budget discussions with city departments in June. He outlined the projected $9.6 million budget gap and instructed each department to identify ways to innovate as a way to reduce costs without compromising city services. “The city continues to face a significant budget gap, largely due to the Local Government Aid reductions made in 2003 that, despite recent and welcomed increases, have not been fully restored,” said Mayor Coleman. “I am looking forward to engaging in constructive conversations with community members about our priorities and the city’s future.” Options for engaging online Residents interested in sharing their ideas about funding priorities online are encouraged to do so via Twitter, using the hashtag #stpaulbudget, or via the City’s website Planned public meetings The following four meetings in Saint Paul are free, open to the public and easily accessible via Metro Transit bus or light rail service. When: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Where: Wellstone Center, Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East (West Side Room) When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Where: Golden Thyme Coffee and Café, 921 Selby Avenue (Back Room) When: Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: J & S Bean Factory, 1518 Randolph Avenue (Main Room) When: Friday, August 1, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Where: Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway (Community Room) Mayor’s budget address details When: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Where: Newly renovated Schmidt Brewery site, 882 W. Seventh Street