St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman hopes to spend less from the city’s general fund next year, but state cuts mean he’ll have to cut $6.2 million from the city budget and raise the property taxes by 6.5 percent in 2012.
The city also has to cut more from this year’s budget to make up for less state money coming in, he said.
Coleman made his budget proposal in a speech at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, which is still under construction in the old Fhima’s/POP! space on Wabasha and Sixth streets.
State cuts mean the city has to cut about $15.5 million from the last five months of this year’s budget and $12 million from next year’s budget, he said.
Police, fire and the city attorney’s office aren’t expected to be largely impacted by the cuts, but 50 hours per week of service will be cut from libraries across the city.
In Minneapolis, Mayor R.T. Rybak is proposing a 2 percent property tax increase.