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St. Paul Mayor Coleman makes budget planning appearance at Sun Ray Library

To prepare for his next budget address, the mayor is making “pop up” appearances around the city to meet citizens where there work and play.

In preparation for his 10th city budget address on Aug. 11, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is appearing today at the Sun Ray Library on the city’s East Side for a “pop-up meeting” to see what priorities citizens have for city spending.

Coleman has taken this road show to Rondo Days and the Dragon Festival at Lake Phalen, as he seeks to engage residents where they work and play.

Today’s meeting is 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the library, 2105 Wilson Av.

The goal is to get broader public participation in the budgeting process, and the mayor is using a Public Art St. Paul pop-up meeting truck to attract attention.

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Coleman said earlier: “We need to make it easier for people to engage in these conversations about our future. If we bring the meeting directly to community members while also creating opportunities to share input online – we are more likely to engage a diverse audience.”

There’s also an online route for 2016 city budget suggestions.