2023 supplemental budget and performance measures submitted to county board

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2023 supplemental budget and performance measures submitted to county board

Ramsey County Manager Ryan O’Connor today presented the proposed 2023 supplemental budget of $785 million to the Board of Commissioners.

No change is proposed to the 4.54% property tax levy increase that commissioners approved in December 2021 as part of the 2022-23 biennial budget.  

“The proposed supplemental budget and property tax levy allows our organization to continue advancing the key priorities of this budget cycle,” said O’Connor. “This is the performance measurement year of our budget, and we are focused on presenting and discussing meaningful measures that enhance transparency and accountability with our community. Performance measurement demonstrates how and why Ramsey County matters to building a stronger community for everyone, and it reflects how strategic budget investments can support this vision.”

In addition to O’Connor’s presentation, Policy & Planning Director Elizabeth Tolzmann provided an update on community-wide performance indicators, CFO Alex Kotze presented a 2022 financial overview, Auditor/Treasurer Heather Bestler discussed property tax trends and interim Assessor Pat Chapman presented a mid-year update on property values.

View video of today's presentations.

Key budget numbers

Overall, the proposed 2023 supplemental budget totals $785,423,271, an increase of about $2.3 million over the budget approved in December 2021. Funding for the increase will largely be covered by an increase in state and other revenues and will not utilize additional property taxes, while also ensuring smoother transitions and future sustainability as the American Recovery Plan Act funds recede.

In 2023, property tax revenue of $346,198,266 will fund about 44% of the budget. The other primary revenue sources are intergovernmental revenue at $216.9 million (about 28% of total revenue) and charges for services at $160.7 million (20% of total revenue). Detailed revenue and expense information for the 2023 supplemental budget is available at ramseycounty.us/Budget.

“Over the next few months, the county board will carefully review and consider the proposed supplemental budget to ensure it aligns with our strategic priorities and meets the needs of our community,” said Budget Chair Victoria Reinhardt, District 7. “Residents, businesses and partners are encouraged to share their feedback and questions with us – your input is always a critical element of the budget process.”

Performance measures and budget hearings

Ramsey County’s biennial budget approach – unique among Minnesota counties – uses supplemental budget years to focus on performance measures, which are quantifiable goals that support the county’s mission, vision and goals. Over the next several weeks, the Board of Commissioners will conduct budget hearings where each service team will present updates on their performance measures.

Measures and related data are available in the county’s open data portal at opendata.ramseycounty.us for improved transparency and accessibility across all devices.

Ramsey County is actively transforming its approach to performance management to a three-tiered system that connects countywide, service team and department-level measures. Measures at all levels align with Ramsey County’s strategic plan and serve as a bridge between budget cycles, providing opportunities to identify service improvements and resource allocations to prioritize in the county’s next biennial budget.

Public hearings and additional resources

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. 13.

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


Contact: Allison Winters, Interim Director of Communications & Public Relations, 651-401-5703