The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve it's 2019 budget Wednesday. It includes a double-digit increase to property taxes for most homeowners. It also does away with late fees at libraries.
KSTP's Leah McLean sat down with Mayor Melvin Carter to talk about why library fees are such a high priority for him.
"Right now in St. Paul, we have 51,000 families who have library cards deactivated for $10 in late fees or less, going back to 2009. That makes no sense. We are going to fix it. We are going to invite those families back to the library," Mayor Carter said...
Library officials say with or without late fees people tend to return materials at the same rate.
In addition to ending library late fees, the new St. Paul budget would add nine police positions, add an immigration attorney and include $500,000 for bike projects.