Metropolitan Council Budget

The Council is committed to being a good steward of public resources as we carry out our mission. Our regional investments are good for business, they're efficient, and they support healthy communities and families.

Each year the Council develops operating and capital budgets, a work program and a capital improvement program. The state of Minnesota's Legislative Commission on Metropolitan Government reviews and provides feedback on these budget documents.

Operating budget & capital budget

  • The operating budget shows expenditures to support the Council’s operations, such as employee payroll, rent, debt service (payments on borrowed money), and funds that the Council “passes through” to others in the form of grants and loans.

  • The capital budget shows expenditures that involve major capital assets, such as building light-rail transitways, improvements to wastewater treatment plants, and funds to purchase land for regional parks.

Both budgets indicate the funding sources to pay for the expenses, and together, they make up the Council’s budget.

Council receiving comments on proposed 2019 Unified Budget

The Metropolitan Council is receiving public comment on the proposed 2019 Unified Budget and 2018 Levies, Payable 2019. The proposed 2019 Unified Budget includes the Operating Budget, Capital Program and Property Tax Levies.

Public Meeting on the Proposed 2019 Unified Budget

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, 6 p.m.
Metropolitan Council Chambers
390 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Procedure for public comment:

  • People will be called to speak in the order in which they have registered. Individuals may register to speak in advance by calling 651.602.1500.

  • Individuals will have 3 minutes each and designated representatives of groups will have 5 minutes. Once all speakers have presented, speakers may request additional time to make further comments.

  • The chair shall have discretion in limiting or extending testimony by any person.

Other ways to comment

Comments will also be accepted prior to December 11. To be included in the official record, comments must be received before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. You may submit comments for the official record in one of the following ways:

  • Mail: Metropolitan Council, Public Information, 390 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

  • Public Comment Line: 651.602.1500

  • Email:

  • TTY: 651.291.0904

Hearing Summary

At the close of the public comment period, the Council will prepare a hearing summary. Request a copy of the hearing summary:

Budget documents