West St. Paul sets preliminary levy

West St. Paul on Sept. 23 joined other cities in setting its 2020 preliminary budget and levy.

The numbers approved at that night’s city council meeting represent the highest figures the city can approve in December — it can still work on lowering the numbers but cannot raise them.

Finance Director Char Stark said at the meeting that the total budget proposed for 2020 is roughly $33.3 million, which is less than a conceptual 2020 budget that was looked at last year. 

Stark said the difference is largely due to reducing the amount of road work for the year.

“This will allow the sales tax revenue to accumulate in 2020 and then be available for spending in 2021,” she said.

The largest line items in the budget are public safety and utilities. 

Stark said the preliminary 2020 levy is set to increase to roughly $17 million, a 7.19% jump from 2019.

The median estimated home value in the city is increasing to $223,100, and the city portion of the owner of that home’s property taxes is set to increase to approximately $1,455.

That reflects a $113 increase on the city portion of property taxes.

A public hearing on the budget and levy is set for Dec. 9.

 

—Hannah Burlingame 

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