week my colleagues voted for a maximum levy of 7.94% in 2017. I voted
against this proposal. Originally the city was looking at 3-4% property tax
levy increase; however, with the inaction at the State Legislature, St. Paul
was not allocated $3 million in local government aid that we had anticipated in
our budget. As a result, the revised levy increase proposed by the Mayor
was 6.94%- - an increase hard to swallow, but necessary, given the hold out on
LGA funding, and not wanting to cut services. To raise it beyond that, in
my opinion was not necessary and added too much of a burden on property tax
payers. It is my belief that we should be looking for ways to go below
6.94%, not above it, but the 7.94% was supported by a majority of my colleagues
on the council.
3 continues to pay the highest property taxes in the City. As I mentioned in my
last newsletter, just because a levy increase is proposed, does not necessarily
mean your taxes will go up. In the past year the City’s property tax base has
increased 7.9%, while at the same time the home values in Macalester Groveland
and Highland have only increased 3.9% and 5.2%, respectively. This means that
other neighborhoods in the City are now sharing more of the tax burden, and
depending on the final levy increase and the budget decisions of the County and
School District, you could see your property taxes remain flat.
will continue to work with my colleagues and the Mayor to find cost savings in
the budget. I am hopeful we can get down below a 7% levy increase, while
continuing to provide first class public safety services, as well as exceptional
service at our parks, libraries, and across the city.
This upcoming week is a busy one for Ward 3 with the
Snelling Zoning Study kickoff, the Fall Walk to School Day and more. I hope to
see you at one of these important events. If we miss each other, feel free to
email or call my office. I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Snelling Ave South Zoning Study Kickoff Meeting
October 4th, 6:30-8:00PM
MidPointe Event Center
415 Pascal St. N.,
Saint Paul, MN 55104
The region’s first Bus Rapid Transit Line, the A-Line began
service this past June. To take advantage of the improved transit service, and
at the request of multiple district councils, the Saint Paul Planning
Commission initiated a formal zoning study along Snelling Avenue and its
intersecting arterials from Interstate 94 to Ford Parkway. Come learn about
what a zoning study is and share your thoughts about what sort of development
you would like to see along Snelling. This will be the first of many opportunities
to share your thoughts before zoning decisions are made. We are early in the
process and no decisions have been made at this time.
Fall Walk/Bike To School Day
Growing on this past May’s successful Randolph-Hamline
Walk/Bike to School Day, two different neighborhoods in Ward 3 are hosting
Walk/Bike to School Days on October 5. All together six different schools are
participating; Randolph Heights, Expo Elementary, Holy Spirit, Highland Park
Elementary, Horace Mann and Highland Catholic. Local businesses like the
Highland Bruegger’s are offering special deals and treats for students. Check
out the events and commit to walking or biking Wednesday as well.
Public Hearing on Liquor Store Hours Change
October 5, 5:30PM
City Hall, Council Chambers
15 Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102
As you may have read in the last newsletter, my office solicited
input on changing the allowable liquor store closing hours from 8PM
Monday-Thursday and 10PM Friday and Saturday to 10PM Monday-Saturday. After
receiving largely supportive feedback, I decided to bring forward the ordinance
change. This Wednesday at 5:30 the City Council will hold a public hearing on
the proposed ordinance. Feel free to come testify, or call or email my office
with your thoughts.
Public Open House on Saint Paul's First Universally Accessible Playground
October 5, 6-8PM, formal presentation at 6:30
Palace Rec Center, Community Room
781 Palace Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Over the past year, my office has been part of a team working
to build the first Universally Accessible Playground in Saint Paul. Right now
many families must travel to the suburbs to find a safe place to play. This
important asset will ensure that all children are welcomed here in Saint Paul.
Since July a small working group has been designing the playground. This
Wednesday they will unveil their plans at an open house and take suggestions
and feedback. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this momentous project.
I'm always interested in your thoughts and ideas for our great city.
15 West Kellogg Blvd.
Suite 310-C, City Hall
St. Paul, MN 55102-1615
Phone: (651) 266-8630
Fax: (651) 266-8574
I had the opportunity to participate in Twin
Cities Startup Week. Check out this
great video about the technology industry and its history here in Minnesota.
Wednesday the City of Saint Paul passed a resolution to review and revise our Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) Process. Currently the CIB process requires small neighborhood projects to compete against large department projects like Fire Stations. Projects often have to be submitted for several years before they are funded, and the City lacks long-range plans for maintaining and restoring its current facilities. Over the next year we hope to streamline this process and make it work better for residents and the City.
City of Saint Paul selected as host for the 2017 Walking Summit. Help us showcase the great #walkability of St. Paul by submitting a proposal.