St. Paul budget plan holds line on property taxes; Mpls. may reduce them

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In Minnesota's biggest cities the property tax increase may feel like an annual tradition as dependable as the movements of a migratory bird. But this year those taxes seem to be staying put. And there's even been mention of that rare breed in the urban jungle: the tax decrease.

Flush with a $10 million increase in funding from the state of Minnesota, St. Paul's mayor rolled out a budget proposal Wednesday that holds the line on both property taxes and city jobs, the Pioneer Press reports. Mayor Chris Coleman called it a "no drama" budget, the newspaper says, with the focus on recycling, rec centers, and sidewalk improvements.

MinnPost reports the additional dollars legislators approved this year bring St. Paul's state aid to its highest level since 2002.

Over in Minneapolis, Mayor R.T. Rybak will deliver his budget address Thursday. And the city council president tells KSTP the expectation is that he'll propose a property tax levy that's the same or lower than this year's.

City hall veterans told the Star Tribune this week they can't remember the last time Minneapolis reduced property taxes.

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