It’s never too early to talk about next year’s budget, so St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman plans to meet with residents over the next month to hear about their priorities and concerns.
The mayor will meet with citizens four times, for 60- to 90-minute sessions, at coffee shops around the city. He says council members and budget officials will join him to answer questions and provide facts.
The coffee meetings are:
Monday, July 16, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Blackbear Crossings, 1360 N. Lexington Parkway
Tuesday, July 24, noon to 1 p.m., Golden Thyme Coffee and Café, 921 Selby Ave.
Friday, Aug. 3, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Espresso Royale, 475 S. Fairview Ave.
Saturday, Aug. 4, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Swede Hollow, 725 E. Seventh St.
The coming budget will be in effect during the 2013 mayoral election year. State aid cuts led to a 5 percent increase in city property taxes this year.
Coleman, in his second term, hasn’t announced whether he’ll run again in 2013. But he accepted the post as a vice president of the National League of Cities, putting him on track to be the group’s president in 2014, if he is still mayor.