City Approves General Fund Budget

City Approves General Fund Budget Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The St. Cloud City Council unanimously passed its 2020 budget.

The budget approved on Monday night is just under $77.6 million, an increase of 3.7-percent from 2019.

Mayor Dave Kleis was on with KNSI's Bob Hughes and talked about what part of the budget was approved and what it will be spent on.

"This is the property tax-supported budget. It funds a lot of things, including our public safety, and our infrastructure, and roads. It's one of the most important things we do. It shows what your priorities are."

The public safety budget is $32.8 million. The public works budget is $8.6 million. The city plans to spend $22.5 million on street and utility projects.

Kleis says most residents shouldn't see their taxes go up because the city's tax base also grew.

"We're able to do this without raising the tax rate. We're keeping it flat. In fact, if your value didn't go up, you would have no increase."

The Mayor says as the city continues to grow and the added tax base allows the city to keep the rate flat.

He says it's important to him that St. Cloud makes good use of taxpayers' money.

"We're fiscally responsible with the tax dollars. I think that's important. I can't stress enough, it's not my money, and we understand the burden that folks have as property taxpayers."

In two weeks, the council will approve the enterprise budget, which could include an increase in the price of parking in downtown St. Cloud.