Wednesday Ways & Means: NonProfit Payroll Tax & Soccer Stadium Funding

yTkejEGTEMake Your Voice Heard. Contact Your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

11 am Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 58 by 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway, the Committee Chair, to Repeal Payroll Tax Exemption on Nonprofits with more than 20 employees, subject to public vote.

Competing payroll tax legislation was assigned to the Legislation Committee, not Ways & Means. Board Bill 117 by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green and 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia would establish a 5 Year Temporary 1/2% Payroll Tax on employees of For Profit businesses and Nonprofits with 250 or more employees for purposes of funding Public Safety, subject to public vote.

Neither of those tax hike proposals has a Fiscal Note assigned as of this post.

Board Bill 130 by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, and 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther is called the “Scottrade Bill” but also includes Peabody Opera House and “any new City-owned professional soccer stadium and other City-owned buildings used for sports and entertainment purposes.” The bill would fund renovation of Scottrade and Peabody and construction of a stadium to be owned by the City via $65 Million in bonded debt paid off from ticket fees and special district taxes generated at the facilities. It has a Fiscal Note assigned.

Under the current Scottrade “deal,” it looks the Blues lease expires in 2042 but the City will still be making payments on the deal through 2048 to the tune of $27 Million.

Members of Ways & Means Committee: 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway, Chair; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committee.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President 

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CANCELLED: Another Hearing On Liquor License Deregulation

saloonMake your voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Info at end of post.

9 am Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room (#230), City Hall, 1200 Market

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda

Agenda Includes Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro on Transfer of Liquor License

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

Members of BOA Ways & Means Committee: 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway, Chair; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Tuesday Public Safety: Liquor License Transfer Bill

saloon3Make your voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Info at end of post.

10 am Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room (#208)
City Hall, 1200 Market

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda

Agenda Includes Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro on Transfer of Liquor License.

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

Members of BOA Public Safety Committee: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar;12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Thursday Hearing On Bill To Spend Sales Tax $ To Create City Mediation Office

City Hall31:30 pm Thursday. October 12th, 2017
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Employees Committee
Rom 230, Leisure Room, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

Hearing on Board Bill 132 by 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard to create an Office of Community Mediation for delivering voluntary mediation services to citizens of City of Saint Louis. The program would receive funding from the Economic Development Sales Tax passed last April for NS Metrolink Expansion and other programs/services.

Mediation would be offered for disputes involving citizens/businesses and…
Municipal Offices and Divisions
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
St. Louis Metropolitan Fire Department
All employees of the City of St. Louis
Businesses located within the City of St. Louis
Community and not-for profit organizations

The City Counselor would assist in writing policy for the program. The City Counselor represents, primarily, the Mayor, as well as the City and agencies, such as Police Department, in litigation. Seems like an odd way to organize this.

I did a brief search on mediation services by municipalities and mostly found services regarding property (landlord tenant, neighbors, roommates), human rights enforcement, and specific to complaints about police. More often there are mediation services provided at circuit court level to avoid litigation. This legislation appears to create a hybrid.

Online City Calendar Notice  does not say what meeting is about (as of 10 pm Wednesday). I asked Alderman Shane Cohn and he told me there would be a hearing on this board bill.

Members of BOA Public Employees Committee and Contact Information

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Mayor Wants To Spend Use Tax On Sales Tax Election

nosalestaxRemember last April when you voted for (or against) Prop 1 to raise Sales Taxes for NS Metrolink Expansion and against (or for) Prop 2 spending the companion Use Tax on building a soccer stadium?

Prop 1 for NS Metrolink Expansion passed but not the Prop 2 soccer stadium funding. Aldermen now get to spend the Use Tax on other things. Board Bill 122 (Alderman Steve Conway, 8th Ward) is a Supplemental Appropriation to spend some of that money.

But the real meat and potatoes is Exhibit A, which I got from a reporter since it is not available on the City website.
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As you can see, Aldermen plan on spending $350,000 of the Use Tax on the November 7th Special Election: Prop P, sales tax hike for police  (but really anything even remotely connected to public safety is how the money could be spent).

Absentee balloting has already begun on Prop P. You don’t call for an election and then decide how to pay for it. This is no way to run a government. 

Aldermen are helping Mayor Krewson waste $350,000 on an election that could have waited to next year during the regular state-county election cycle.

You are urged to contact Board President Lewis Reed and your Alderman and tell them what else you would like that $350,000 spent on. If the Mayor, Board President, and Aldermen want this election, let them pay for it out of their own budgets. This election is their mistake, not yours.

Contact Information for Board President Lewis Reed and all Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

 

Tuesday Nabe Development Hearing On House Nearly Completed On The Hill

9daggett am Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Neighborhood Development Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market City

Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

The agenda features four redevelopments for 9th Ward, one in 12th Ward, and one that really stands out-

5219 Daggett on The Hill, 10th Ward.

daggett2The Daggett property is nearly completed. Looks like the only thing still needing “development” is the landscaping.

Blighting is for tax abatement. Tax abatement is supposed to be an incentive to develop slum areas. The Hill is not a slum area. The house is close to being finished.

If you’d like to comment on blighting (or anything else) to your alderman and Board President Lewis Reed, here is the contact info.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman