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St. Paul mayor asks police chief to cut $9.2M from 2021 budget

Jay Kolls
Updated: July 20, 2020 01:11 AM
Created: July 19, 2020 08:34 PM

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS obtained an email sent last Friday by St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell to every police department employee in which he describes the possibility of cutting police jobs — both sworn officers and civilian jobs.

In the email, Chief Axtell laid out what a $9.2-million cut would like for the St. Paul Police Department for 2021:

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"Mayor Carter has directed the police department to present a $9.2 million cut from its budget. ...Sadly, the cold, hard truth is that cuts mean positions. It means positions both sworn and civilian, at all ranks."

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell | KSTP St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell | KSTP

A spokesperson for Mayor Carter issued this statement regarding the proposed budget cuts to SPPD:

"While the mayor has yet to make final decisions about the budget he’ll propose to the City Council next month, the realities of a global economic crisis are likely to require reductions in every city department,” said Communications Director Peter Leggett. “We are considering every option to avoid adding a large property tax increase to the challenges our residents are currently facing.”

Read the full email below:

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