2021 Budget Information

City Council Adopts 2021 Preliminary Budget, Tax Levy 

September 22, 2020

The City Council has approved a $62.9 million preliminary budget for 2021. The preliminary budget calls for the city to hold the line on spending and increases Roseville’s budget just over one percent compared to 2020.

Did You Know?

All Roseville City Council meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment. Meetings are held at Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Dr., and begin at 6 p.m. Meetings are also shown live on cable channel 16 in Roseville and streamed live on the Internet. A video archive of City Council meetings is also available.
The preliminary budget continues to fund all existing city programs and services and covers inflationary costs for staff and equipment plus the addition of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager and additional public safety personnel.

The outcome of the limited spending increase combined with commercial property values outpacing residential values in 2021 will result in many of the city’s residential property owners seeing a small decrease in the city portion of their 2021 tax bill.

The combined commercial and residential property tax levy approved by the City Council will generate approximately $23.8 million in revenue or 38 percent of the city’s 2021 budget. The remaining balance of the budget is paid for from fees for services and user charges, intergovernmental transfers and other sources such as investments, assessments and franchise fees.

The adopted preliminary tax levy's impact on residents will vary depending on a property’s value and change in value compared to 2020. For the median-valued Roseville home, valued at $280,600, the preliminary levy calls for a slight decrease in residential property taxes of about $1.45 per month.

The City Council also adopted a preliminary tax levy of $453,670 on behalf of the Roseville Economic Development Authority (REDA). The adopted total is a decrease of about $10,000 compared to 2020 and will result in an additional small reduction in the property taxes paid on a median-valued Roseville home.

State statute requires cities to adopt a preliminary tax levy and budget by September 30 for the upcoming fiscal year. Once the preliminary levy is adopted it can be lowered, but not increased.

Additional upcoming meetings featuring budget items include a review of proposed 2021 utility rates on November 9 and the final 2021 budget (truth-in-taxation) hearing on November 23. The City Council will vote on Roseville’s final 2021 budget, tax levy and utility rates on December 9.

The City Council encourages residents to take part in future meetings and participate in the budget process. The Council has not made a decision on when it will regather for in-person meetings and continues to meet virtually via the Zoom webinar platform. Residents can register to virtually attend a city meeting by going to www.cityofroseville.com/attendmeeting.

City Council agendas, meeting packets and meeting minutes are available at www.cityofroseville.com/agendacenter. Meetings are aired live on Roseville Cable Channel 16 and available live and on-demand at www.cityofroseville.com/webstreaming.

City Manager Proposes 2021 Preliminary Budget

August 10, 2020

City Manager Patrick Trudgeon’s 2021 preliminary budget recommendation was delivered to the City Council on August 10. Mindful of the financial difficulties and economic recovery needed in the wake of COVID-19, the proposal focused on maintaining existing assets, while also investing in resources to embed equity into the city’s work and providing for public safety.

2021 City Manager Recommended Budget

Request For Council Action (PDF)
Recommended Budget PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
City Council Budget Presentation Video (starts at 1:22:11)
The $63.1 million budget presented by Trudgeon holds city spending in check, while continuing to provide funds for maintaining critical community assets and personnel needs.
The budget also includes a $5 million investment in necessary infrastructure maintenance to the 27-year old  Guidant John Rose MN OVAL that was an unused feature of the 2020 budget. However, this expenditure is dependent on the city receiving corresponding bonding funds from the State of Minnesota and would only be realized if the project is included in the state’s 2021 bonding bill.

The preliminary budget features the new position of Equity and Inclusion Manager. The goal of the position is to integrate and advance the city’s equity and inclusion efforts within the organization and the community.

The good news for Roseville homeowners is that the preliminary budget holds the line on property taxes. 

2021 Budget by Department

Administrative Services $2,774,600
Fire $4,452,353
General Facilities $5,178,900
Information Technology $3,342,506
Parks & Recreation $8,381,181
Police $8,908,230
Public Works $6,633,750
Utilities (water, sewer, storm) $16,058,150
Other* $7,388,770
Total City Budget $63,118,440
*License Center, Community Development, Planning & Inspections, Debt Services  
In fact, city property taxes levied on the median Roseville home, now valued at $280,600, will actually realize a slight decrease in 2021 under the plan.

Overall, the recommended budget for 2021 sees Roseville’s city expenditures rise by just $624,785, about a one percent increase compared to the city’s 2020 budget. The  proposed 2021 budget continues to fund existing city programs and services, with the bulk of the slight year-over-year increase being due to inflationary costs for staff and equipment and the addition of the position of Equity and Diversity Manager.

What is a preliminary budget?

A preliminary budget, sometimes referred to as a recommended budget, is a balanced  budget presented to the City Council by the City Manager. It’s a starting point from which council members work to arrive at a final budget for the following fiscal year. The final vote on adoption of Roseville’s 2021 budget will take place in December.

Revenue Sources:
Funding the Budget

Roseville’s budget is comprised of tax supported and non-tax supported items. Tax supported revenue is primarily derived from property taxes, with non-tax revenue coming from sources like fees for services and user charges, intergovernmental transfers and other sources such as investments, assessments and franchise fees.
Revenue Percentage Graph_web
Roseville commercial and residential property owners will combine to contribute about $23.5 million or 38 percent of the city’s 2021 budget. That’s an increase of just under $1 million dollars compared to 2020. Due to commercial property values outpacing residential values, however, the city’s residential property owners will actually see a small decrease in the city portion of their 2021 tax bill.

Property Tax Picture

Did you know that only about a quarter of the typical Roseville residential property tax bill goes to the City of Roseville? In 2020, the city’s portion of a typical Roseville homeowner’s tax bill was 25 percent of the total property tax bill. The remaining portion of taxes paid went to Ramsey County (37 percent), school districts (34 to 35 percent) and other taxing districts like the Metropolitan Council and Watershed Districts (3 to 4 percent).

The 2021 preliminary budget proposes a slight decrease in residential property taxes of about $0.55 per month for the median Roseville home valued at $280,600, yielding a median monthly tax bill of $93.75.
2021 Monthly Median Tax Bill

Next Steps

The City Council is required by state statute to adopt the preliminary budget and tax levy for 2021 by the end of September. Once the preliminary levy is adopted it can be lowered in the final version of the budget, but not increased. The Council is expected to consider adoption of the 2021 preliminary budget and tax levy at its September 21 meeting.

Share Your Thoughts on the Budget

Now that the 2021 preliminary budget has been presented, the City Council would like to hear from you. Does the recommended budget represent your priorities for Roseville? If not, are there areas of the budget that you would like to see the city allocate more or fewer resources? What changes would you suggest? Share your thoughts with the City Council by completing an online budget feedback form at www.cityofroseville.com/budgetfeedback or emailing the City Council directly at city.council@cityofroseville.com.

2021 Budget Meetings

July 20 Review general budget, legislative impacts and tax base changes
Presentation of 2021-2040 Capital Improvement Plan
Discussion of City Council budgetary goals, EDA Budget and Tax Levy


Aug. 10     City Manager recommended 2021 budget presented to City Council Documents Video

Sept. 14 Receive budget recommendations from Finance Commission Documents Video

Sept. 21 Adoption of Preliminary Budget, Tax Levy and EDA Levy Documents Video

Nov. 9 Review proposed 2021 fee schedule and utility rates Documents Video

Nov. 30 Final 2021 Budget Hearing (Truth-in-Taxation hearing) Documents Video

Dec. 7 Adopt final 2021 budget, tax levy, utility rates, fee schedule and EDA budget and tax levy Documents Video