FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2021
Mayor Melvin Carter Announces
2022 Library Budget Proposal
SAINT PAUL, MN – Today, Mayor Melvin Carter delivered his 2022 Library Budget Address and announced his 2022 Library Budget Proposal.
The 2022 Library Budget Proposal totals $20.5 million. While last year's budget scaled back City services including Saint Paul Public Libraries due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, the Mayor's 2022 Library Budget Proposal restores library hours and staffing to ensure residents have access to the libraries they want and need in their neighborhoods.
The Mayor's 2022 proposal also includes a new five-year strategy for the City's Capital Improvement Budget, including an $8.1 million investment over the next two years for the Hamline Midway Library. This supports the ability to explore two unique and impactful options to shape the future of the 91-year old library including the renovation and expansion of the existing building or the development of a new one.
ABOUT THE 2022 LIBRARY BUDGET ADDRESS AND BUDGET PROPOSAL
ABOUT THE BUDGET PROCESS
In the coming weeks and months the City Council will review the Mayor’s proposed budget, and meet with department leaders on the proposed budget. As required by state law, the City Council will set the maximum property tax levy in September. Budgets may be adjusted, but they cannot exceed the maximum tax levy.
Later this fall, the City Council will hold public hearings on the budget, and then will vote to adopt a 2022 budget and tax levy for the City by the end of the year. While the adopted budget may represent changes made by the City Council to the Mayor’s proposed budget, the Mayor has line-item veto authority over the Council-adopted budget.