ST. PAUL PARK - St. Paul Park residents can expect a levy increase of 4.7 percent on their taxes this year.

The estimated general fund for 2019 is $3.4 million. The 2018 general fund balance was $3.2 million.

City Administrator Kevin Walsh said at the Sept. 17 City Council meeting that the levy increase will fund:

• Improvements of Heritage Park

• New fire equipment

• New police radios

Residents with an average-priced home can expect to pay about $20 more in city taxes next year.

The city tax rate decreased just short of 1 percent.

City Council approved the preliminary 2019 budget 5-0.

The final levy will be approved at the Dec. 3 meeting. The council can lower the levy before that time, but cannot raise it.