ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Outdoor dining in St. Paul could be expanding and buying a home there may become more affordable, if Mayor Chris Coleman’s proposals get the green light.

Coleman revealed his 2013 budget Monday afternoon. His office says despite a less than 2 percent increase in the levy, a reduction in spending will keep the budget virtually the same as last year.

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Some of the proposals include hiring more police officers and putting more sidewalk cafes and patios along 6th Street in Lowertown, where Barrio and The Bulldog are.

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Coleman is also announcing a plan to work with Wells Fargo to help homeowners qualify for down payment loans in buying a new home.

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Also, Coleman talked about his commitment to completing the Frogtown Farm project, which will add more green space in that neighborhood.