When St Paul Mayor Chris Coleman (DFL) announced his proposed budget, many were quick to write the epitaph for his Gubernatorial campaign. The 23.9% property tax increase is a response to the State Supreme Court action on the collection of Right-of-Way fees. This accounts for a 14.86% hole in the proposed $141.3 million tax levy increase up from $113.9 million in 2017.
This is a tough position for the St Paul City Council. We expect the vote will pass with a bare margin. We doubt Mayoral Candidate and Ward 1 City Council Member Dai Thao (DFL) will support the Mayor’s position, but think the majority in support will be Ward Two Council Member Rebecca Noecker, Council President and Ward Four City Council Member Russ Stark (DFL), Ward Five City Council Member Amy Brendmoen, and Ward Seven City Council Member Jane Prince (DFL).