The St. Cloud City Council on Wednesday approved its 2022-23 city budget during a final public hearing. The $209.2 million budget keeps the millage rate at 5.1128, where it has been since 2016-17.
“St. Cloud is one of the fastest growing areas in a state that’s one of the fastest growing places in the country,” said City Manager Veronica Miller. “With that growth comes challenges, but also opportunities. This budget allows us to keep our focus on providing great services to our residents and continuing to uphold our mission of providing a safe and healthy environment, managing our resources and planning for the future.”
One mill is equal to $1 in property tax levied per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. Based on the average property value of $232,000, the average homeowner pays $1,187 in city ad valorem taxes per year. Ad valorem taxes pay for such city services as public safety, law enforcement, parks and facilities, utilities, roads, lighting and planning.
Highlights of the budget include:
- $7.5 million for new Fire Station 35, which will be built on Neptune Road in the Tohoqua area. A temporary fire station will be opening in the area along Cross Prairie Parkway by mid-2023.
- $2.6 million in road extensions and improvements
- $1.2 million for street paving
- $1 million for the trail extension from the Lakefront to Chisholm Park
City Council also approved $50,000 for the Cloud Cash program to help support local businesses. Cloud Cash, a partnership with St. Cloud Main Street Inc., allows people to purchase $10 Cloud Cash for $5. Cloud Cash can be spent at several businesses.