Aug 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - The city of St. Cloud is on track to spend less and receive more, according to the proposed 2014 budget.
St. Cloud mayor Dave Kleis unveiled the proposal during the city council's Monday meeting.
The plan calls for a budget of just over $67 million, down from 2013's operating budget of more than $70 million.
Under the new budget, residential property taxes are expected to drop by one percent, while commercial properties will see an uptick of two percent.
Kleis also proposed the city keep its current general tax levy at the current $15.2 million, which has been at the same rate for three years.
St. Cloud will also see the amount of Local Government Aid, or LGA, rise from $10.1 million in 2013 to $11.7 million for next year, which will contribute to employee pay increases and new vehicles for the police department.
It's the first rise in LGA since 2010, and Kleis says he believes local private-public partnerships have played a large role in keeping the city strong and forward-moving through the lean times of the last several years.
Kleis says, a great example of a functional partnership is one being created between the St. Cloud Police Department and St. Cloud State University. Under the plan, SCSU will have three officers assigned to the campus community full-time, paid for by the university.
The budget will now undergo study by the St. Cloud City Council. The budget will be made public on the St. Cloud city website starting on Wednesday.
Click below to hear KNSI's conversation with Mayor Dave Kleis on the 2014 Budget Proposal.
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