Update from Commissioner McGuire - August 23, 2019

Ramsey County District 2 News

Serving the communities of Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View (Precinct 4),
New Brighton, Roseville and the Ramsey County portion of St. Anthony.

August 23, 2019


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Beverly Hammond
Administrative Assistant 

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The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on a number of volunteer boards and committees. 

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Recent Events

Here are some of the events that Commissioner McGuire or her staff has attended recently.

  • Transportation Advisory Board Executive Board and Board Meeting
  • Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Board Meeting
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • New Brighton League of Women Voters Summer Social Event
  • CAPRW Board Meeting
  • Summer Block Party @ Rice & Larpenteur
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Meting
  • Boys Totem Town Closing Ceremony
  • Gibb's Farm Summer Picnic

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony

State Fair

It's time for the Great Minnesota Get Together!

Over the next 12 days, thousands of people will be traveling to Ramsey County to attend the State Fair in Falcon Heights!  We hope everyone has an excellent visit and enjoys the fair.

eco experience

Commissioner McGuire was at the Fair on opening day to visit the updated Eco Experience!

What's new at the Eco Experience?

At this award-winning exhibit, an array of new highlights features the latest in: easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos; healthy cooking tips to reduce food waste; innovations in green technology; and other topics on environmentally focused living.

For more information: https://www.mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/attraction/eco-experience-new-highlights/.

Learn about related Ramsey County Programs:

Ride Metro Transit's FREE Park & Ride to the Fair!

Free rides from 8 a.m. to midnight. Buses run regularly. Times vary based on traffic and crowds. Grandstand shows typically end between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

See our Twitter account (@mnstatefair) for Park & Ride lot updates with the hashtag #MSFParking. Please note: Lots will reopen throughout the day as space becomes available. (Note: A Twitter account is not required to view the updates.)

For a list of this year's Park and Rides, visit https://www.mnstatefair.org/transportation/free-park-and-ride/.

Dale Street closed between County Roads B2 and C Aug. 23-26

Dale Street will be closed to through traffic in both directions between County Road B2 and County Road C in Roseville beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 for utility work.

Signed detours will be in place using County Road B2, Victoria Street and County Road C. Residential and business access along Dale Street will be maintained.

The intersection is expected to reopen to traffic Monday, Aug. 26.

2020-2021 proposed budget submitted to county board

On Aug. 6, Ramsey County Manager Ryan O'Connor proposed to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners a biennial budget of $741.7 million for 2020 and $763.4 million for 2021. This represents a 0.5% increase of $3.6 million in 2020 and a 2.9% increase of $21.7 million in 2021.

“This proposed budget invests in transformative change that ensures that Ramsey County is a forward-thinking, people-centered organization and is continually adapting and improving in the pursuit of excellence,” said O’Connor. “In this budget we are focused on advancing our strategic priorities through systems transformation, investments in the people we serve and the employees providing that service, and in successfully implementing and managing change across a large and complex organization.”


About $327.1 million (44%) of the proposed budget is funded through property taxes. The 2020-2021 budget calls for an increase in Ramsey County’s property tax levy of 4.75% ($14.7 million) in 2020 and 4.5% ($15.3 million) in 2021.

Property taxes are calculated and levied based on properties’ market values. In the proposed 2020 budget, the owner of a median-valued single-family home in Saint Paul ($199,800) would pay an additional $52 per year in county taxes on a projected property value increase of $13,600. Roseville median-valued single-family home values ($272,000) are largely representative of Ramsey County’s suburbs, where owners would pay an additional $78 per year on an estimated property value increase of $17,100.

Learn more about the property tax system in this short video from the League of Minnesota Cities.

Next steps and public hearings

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners will adopt a maximum tax levy on September 17 and is scheduled to vote on a final budget December 17, 2019.

View the complete budget schedule

Each of the county's service teams will present their proposed budget to the board throughout August and September. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback online or at two public hearings:

Prepare your kids for school and daycare with immunizations

Immunizations are required prior to starting school in Minnesota for all students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12. Children in child care and early childhood programs are also required to have up-to-date vaccinations.

If your child needs immunizations for school this fall, avoid the last minute rush. Contact your healthcare provider to schedule an immunization visit.

If you don’t have insurance, ask your healthcare provider about the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health’s Immunization Clinic also offers low-cost immunizations for individuals without insurance, whose insurance does not cover immunizations, or who are unable to access services.


Lifeguard service ended at beaches Aug. 18; Waterworks closes Aug. 25

There's still time for another trip to splash at Battle Creek Waterworks – but not for long! After a fun, busy summer, guarded beaches in Ramsey County wrapped up lifeguard services on August 18. Although lifeguards will be off-duty after August 18, beaches will remain open and swim-area buoys will remain in place through Labor Day.

Battle Creek Waterworks will be open through August 25, so there's still time for a few more trips down the water slide! Waterworks opens daily at 11 a.m.

Job openings

Jobs Corner

Ramsey County employs nearly 4,000 people in full and part-time positions in a variety of fields related to Health and Wellness, Safety and Justice, Information and Public Records, Economic Growth and Community Investment and more.

We welcome all applicants - you do not need to be a county resident to apply.

County Board Discussion

Session Recap

Workshops and discussions are informative presentations by the county departments and/or service teams to the board of commissioners that are often tied to the county’s strategic priorities. The presentations serve the following purposes:

  • To provide in-depth informational session to educate county board on topics of a strategic nature to the county.
  • To establish a foundation for policy/programmatic direction and/or future county board action.
  • To seek input on and/or guidance for future direction.

Workshops and discussions and held on Tuesdays and are open to the public. These take place at the Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse in Suite 220 (2nd floor). You can find the schedule for all upcoming board meetings, workshops, and discussions sessions at https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/leadership/board-commissioners/board-meetings-information.

Upcoming Events Around District 2