It's a big number, but the services it provides touches most people who live in the Northland - even if they aren't St. Louis County residents.  At a recent meeting, the St. Louis County board passed their 2018 budget - totaling $398 million in expenses.

The budget provides direct funding for services like public safety, public works, health and human services.  New to 2018, the budget also helps to address substance abuses and mental health issues in the county, with an increase to directly fund these programs.

To pay for the counties needs in 2018, the tax levy was increased by 4.45%;  at the same time, the counties property base has grown by 4%, which would offset most of the increase.