2022-2023 proposed budget submitted to county board
On Aug. 24, Ramsey County Manager Ryan O’Connor proposed a biennial budget of $772.8 million for 2022 and $781.9 million for 2023 to the board of commissioners. This represents a 3.2% increase of $24 million in 2022 and a 1.2% increase of $9 million in 2023.
About 43% of the proposed 2022 budget is funded through property taxes. The 2022-2023 budget calls for an increase in the county’s property tax levy of 1.55% ($5.1 million) in 2022 and 4.54% ($15.1 million) in 2023.
During last year’s 2021 supplemental budget process, commissioners voted to reduce a proposed property tax increase of 4.5% for 2021 to 0% as an adjustment to community impacts following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022-2023 budget includes sustained funding for transformative change initiatives introduced in the 2020-2021 budget, as well as new funding for “Foundational Excellence”, a related initiative that dedicates resources to meet community expectations through operational supports.
In addition to O’Connor’s presentation, Ramsey County Assessor Luis Rosario presented a mid-year update on property values, Ramsey County Auditor/Treasurer Heather Bestler discussed property tax trends, Policy & Planning Director Elizabeth Tolzmann provided an update on community indicators, and CFO Alex Kotze presented a 2021 financial overview and fund balance report.
The County Manager will lead a community conversation on the 2022-2023 proposed budget on Aug. 30, 2021.
In addition, Service Teams will present their budgets to the county board between Sept. 9 and 14; presentations will be livestreamed.
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners will adopt a maximum tax levy on Sept. 21 and is scheduled to vote on a final budget Dec. 14, 2021.
Residents, businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback via the Chief Clerk’s Office or at two public hearings:
- Sept. 14. 4:30 p.m. Saint Paul City Hall – Ramsey County Courthouse.
- Nov. 29. 6:30 p.m. TBD – County staff are monitoring physical/virtual options and will announce the venue in September.