There's Still Time To Chime In On City's Budget

There's Still Time To Chime In On City's Budget Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) – As St. Cloud gets closer to finalizing its budget for 2020, it’s not too late for people to add their two cents.

The city’s proposed budget is just under $77.6 million, an increase of 3.7-percent from 2019.

“It’s still available for input going forward. And the final adoption is after a public truth and taxation hearing which will take place on the first Monday in December,” said Mayor Dave Kleis. He was a guest of KNSI’s Bob Hughes.

Kleis mentioned the areas where the city plans to put most of its money.

“We’re putting more dollars into roads, transportation, and public safety. Those are the three top issues that folks have talked about. Those are actually core services.”

The proposed 2020 public safety budget is $32.8 million, and the proposed 2020 public works budget is $8.6 million. The city plans to spend $22.5 million in 2020 on street and utility projects.

Most residents shouldn’t see their taxes go up because the city’s tax base also grew.

The budget was proposed in August, and the preliminary budget was approved in September.