St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is presenting his 12th and final budget address Tuesday, and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will deliver an abbreviated budget message.
The Twin Cities mayors typically unveil their budget proposals in August. But Hodges announced last week that she will hold off on giving her full budget address until Sept. 12.
"Minneapolis has experienced major public safety incidents in recent weeks, the response to which has demanded considerable attention from Mayor Hodges, City Council Members and senior city staff," the mayor's office said in a statement.
Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau recently resigned after officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot resident Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Hodges has since asked acting Chief Medaria Arradondo to offer ideas on the Police Department's 2018 budget.
Hodges, in a news release, noted that former Mayor R.T. Rybak also delayed budget speeches after public safety incidents. In the meantime, she will give the City Council and Board of Estimate and Taxation a written budget message outlining significant features of next year's budget and departments' revenue and expense estimates.
Hodges plans to deliver the message, which a spokesman said will be about a dozen pages, at noon Tuesday.
Coleman will give his full budget address at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul College's City View Café. The city will livestream the speech on its Facebook page.
Coleman held public meetings ahead of the address on his plan to restructure how the city pays for street maintenance. St. Paul previously sent property owners a bill, separate from their property taxes, assessing them for road upkeep. A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling last year forced the city to change that practice.
Under Coleman's proposal, St. Paul would start using property taxes to pay for the majority of street maintenance costs. The owner of a $161,200 home would see a $20 increase from this year to 2018 as a result of the restructuring, according to city officials. Owners of more expensive homes would see more significant increases; people with lower-value homes could see a drop in how much they pay for street work.