Ramsey County 2019 Supplemental Budget submitted to County Board

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Ramsey County 2019 Supplemental Budget submitted to County Board

Saint Paul, Minn. – Ramsey County Manager Ryan O’Connor today presented the proposed 2019 Supplemental Budget of $738 million to the Board of Commissioners. No change is proposed to the 4.3 percent property tax levy increase that commissioners approved in Dec. 2017 for the 2018-2019 budget.  

“This proposed supplemental budget keeps us on track with the direction established last year in the 2018-2019 budget,” said O’Connor. “We continue to balance fiscal restraint with investments in our resident-first priorities to improve and modernize service delivery.”

Overall, the proposed 2019 supplemental budget totals $737,799,770, an increase of about $1.5 million over the budget approved in Dec. 2017. Funding sources for this increase are split between additional grants received and the use of reserves.

In 2019, the property tax levy of $312,426,797 will continue to fund about 42 percent of the budget. The other primary revenue sources are intergovernmental revenue at $200.3 million (27 percent of total revenue) and charges for services at $159.7 million (22 percent of total revenue). Detailed revenue and expense information for the 2019 Supplemental Budget is available at ramseycounty.us/budget.

Video of today's presentation to the board is available here.

“The board looks forward to considering the proposed 2019 supplemental budget throughout the months ahead,” said Ramsey County Board Chair Jim McDonough. “We are especially interested in continuing to ensure that our budget is delivering on the priorities we have set out in support of our communities.”

Over the next several weeks, the Board of Commissioners will conduct budget hearings with Service Teams and departments. Unique to Ramsey among Minnesota counties, in supplemental budget years departments provide updates on their Performance Measures – quantifiable goals that support the county’s mission and Strategic Plan. Historical data and more information about Performance Measures is available at openperformance.ramseycounty.us.

“Every year direct feedback from our residents, businesses and partners is a key part of our budget process,” said Budget Chair Victoria Reinhardt. “We encourage anyone with questions or comments to reach out in the way they prefer – whether now or at a formal hearing.”

Residents, businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the supplemental budget at two public hearings:

The full schedule is available at ramseycounty.us/budget. Hearings are streamed live online and also available in a video archive for later viewing.

The county board is scheduled to vote on the supplemental budget on Dec. 11.

Additional Resources

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to explore Ramsey County’s current budget and expenditures online at openfinance.ramseycounty.us.

Those looking for a brief and general recap of Ramsey County’s 2017 budget highlights are encouraged to view the Popular Annual Financial Report at ramseycounty.us/PAFR.

John Siqveland, Public Communications Director, 651-746-9250. 

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