May 6th Board of Aldermen Bill Filings

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact your alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

Some of this week’s bill filings include…

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget: Board Bill  1 by President Lewis Reed and 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway

Short Term Tax Revenue Anticipation Note: Board Bill 42 by 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway and Board President Lewis Reed

City Public Transit Sales Tax Trust Fund and funding for Bi-State Development Agency: by 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway
Board Bill 46 (1994 approved sales tax)
Board Bill 47 (1997 approved sales tax)
Board Bill 48 (appropriation of $22,065,000)
Board Bill 49 (Fifth Amendment to the Memorandum of Agreement with BiState)

A ban on issuance of new 3 am Liquor Licenses in 24th Ward: Board Bill 52 by 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie

To establish campaign contribution limits in St. Louis City municipal elections: Board Bill 53 by 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 6th Ward Alderwoman Chrissy Ingrassia, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 27th Ward Alderman Chris Carter

Prohibiting lobbyists from Board of Aldermen Chambers during Board session:  Board Bill 54 by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 6th Ward Alderwoman Chrissy Ingrassia, 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer

Parking Division, Treasurer’s Office FY 2016-2017 Budget: Board Bill 55 by 3rd Ward Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr.

November 8, 2016 Ballot Issue for 5 Cent property tax hike to fund senior citizen services: Board Bill 57 by President Lewis Reed

Investigation by Ways & Means Committee on who pays and who doesn’t pay City Earnings tax and revenue loss since 2000: Resolution 21 by 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus

Board of Aldermen urges Senate to perform its constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on the President’s Supreme Court nominee: Resolution 22 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Chrissy Ingrassia

May 29th Bills Filed Update

Contact information for Aldermen

Contact information for Board President Lewis Reed

New Board of Aldermen Session: Bill Filings

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact your alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

Some of the 2016-2017 BOA Session’s first proposals include…

Board Bill 3 by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd would create a waste tire program for St. Louis, an effort to address waste tires, a serious environmental issue. Might be some grant money for us from the State.

Board Bill 7 by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer would prohibit semi truck traffic along parts of Chippewa, Keokuk, Osage, and Kosciusko.

Board Bill 11 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar for Zoning changes to Downtown and LaSalle Park Neighborhoods.

Board Bill 21 by 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus to remove stock option related income from earnings tax exemption. She had also filed this proposal, or a similar one, late 2015-2016 Session.

Board Bill 30 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar to create a Wharf Vending District and  Riverfront Vending Committee comprised of St. Louis Port Authority Manager, City Special Events Director, City Streets Director, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway and another member designated by the Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway.

Board Bill 36 by 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, 2nd Ward Alderwoman Dionne Flowers, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer to create a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in partnership with St. Louis County. Here’s an Post-Dispatch article on City proposal and an article on County program.

Board Bill 40 by 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson and 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer relating to drug overdoses and medical assistance.

And lots of development/blighting bills. Lots and lots of those.

6th Ward Alderwoman Chrissy Ingrassia is sponsoring Resolution #5 regarding the City applying for a grant from Missouri Land and Water Conservation Fund to improve Aloe Plaza across from Union Station Downtown.

Contact information for Aldermen

Contact information for Board President Lewis Reed

Tuesday Election: 7th Ward Independent Democrats Recommend

Vote-Counts1Polls Open 6 am to 7 pm
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
St. Louis City Ballot Issues Election
Rides to the Polls 436-5311

7th Ward Independent Democrats Endorsements

Yes on Prop E to Renew Earnings Tax

Yes on Prop F for $25 Million City Bond Issue (No Tax Increase involved)

No on Prop 1 St. Louis Public Schools Property Tax Increase

No on Prop Y Metropolitan Sewer District $900 Million Bond Issue
No on Prop S Metropolitan Sewer District Property Tax Increase

Board of Elections Polling Place Look-Up

Board of Elections Sample Ballot

Wednesday Voter Registration Deadline for April 5th Election

voterdriveYou can register to vote in person at…

+ St. Louis City Board of Elections, 300 N Tucker – 622-4336.

+ City Hall Missouri Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Office, Room 111, City Hall, 1200 Market – 622-4231.

+ Most public libraries, but make sure to call ahead and check when voter registration available. St. Louis Public Library branch contact information.

Voter Registration Information at St. Louis City Board of Elections

Voter Registration Application

If you want to print/complete the Application and drop off with me by Tuesday night, or if you want to get an Application from me and fill it out by Tuesday night, I will walk it over to Board of Elections a few blocks from my workplace. 436-5311 (landline)

The April 5th Ballot in St. Louis City features Earnings Tax Renewal, $26 Million City Bond Issues, St. Louis City Public Schools Tax Levy Increase, and two proposals for Metropolitan Sewer District.    

Wednesday BOA Hearing on Earnings Tax & Bond Issue

City Hall39 am Wednesday, January 13, 2015
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room (Room 230), City Hall

Public Hearing on Board Bill 265 to place St. Louis City Earnings Tax Reauthorization on April Ballot 

Sponsored by Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward) and Co-Sponsored by Alderwoman Dionne Flowers (1st Ward), Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard (5th Ward), Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia (6th Ward), Alderman Jack Coaar (7th Ward), Alderman Joe Vollmer (10th Ward), Alderman Tom Villa (11th Ward), Alderman Larry Arnowitz (12th Ward), Alderwoman Beth Murphy (13th Ward), Alderwoman Megan Green (15th Ward), Alderwoman Donna Baringer (16thWard), Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (21st Ward), Alderman Jeffrey Boyd (22nd Ward), Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward), Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward), Alderman Shane Cohn (25th Ward), Alderman Frank Williamson (26th Ward), Alderwoman Lyda Krewson (28th Ward).

A public vote on reauthorizing the Earnings Tax is required every five years in St. Louis City and Kansas City because of a statewide ballot issue funded by billionaire Rex Sinquefield in 2010.

The Earnings Tax produces about 1/3 of St. Louis City’s annual General Revenue.

Public Hearing on Board Bill 266 on Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, Sponsored by Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward)

Public Hearing on Board Bill 267 on Carnahan Courthouse Leasehold Revenue Refunding Revenue Bonds, Sponsored by Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward)

Public Hearing on Board Bill 268 to place $20 Million GO Bond Issue on April Ballot, Sponsored by Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward) and Alderman Tom Villa (11th Ward).

On August 4, 2015, St. Louis City voters rejected a $180 Million GO Bond Issue to fund an assortment of projects.

On December 8, 2015, St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Green proposed a $25 Million GO Bond Issue dedicated to replacing equipment for the Fire Department and not requiring a tax increase.

As currently written, the bond issue proposed under Board Bill 268 differs from the failed August $180 Million Bond Issue significantly: 1) in dollar amount, 2) does not require a raise in property taxes, and 3) does not include a piece of the pie to Ward Capital Improvement Accounts.

As currently written, the proposed bond issue is similar to the failed bond issue with regards to a laundry list of what it might fund, as opposed to being earmarked for one department/project, as voters approved three times in 1998.

Board Bill 268 proposes funding for:

(1) acquiring fire trucks, ambulances, personal protective equipment and other fire-fighting apparatus for the St. Louis Fire Department

(2) acquiring refuse trucks for the Refuse Division

(3) funding bridge repair through the Bridge Maintenance Program

(4) property appraisal software for the Assessor’s Office

(5) renovating property owned by the City of St. Louis, including but not limited to the Municipal Garage and Property Custody facility

Some important words in this proposal are “including but not limited to…” It means the revenue may be used for other purposes.

The proposal can be amended in committee. It appears, though, that the proposal changed significantly prior to being introduced.

On November 3, 1998, St. Louis City voters approved three bond issues. Prop 1 was $44 Million, all earmarked for Fire Department. Prop 2 was $10 Million, all earmarked for the Police Department. Prop 3 was $10 earmarked for demolition and abatement of nuisance property.

Those 1998 ballot issues were consistently cited as “the bond issue” of “1999” by media and local government officials throughout the 2015 bond issue campaign.

Public Hearing for Board Bill 269 for a Quit Claim Deed by City to Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center for property in The Ville Neighborhood, sponsored by Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward).

Members of the BOA Ways & Means Committee include: Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (27th Ward), Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward), Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Beth Murphy (13th Ward), Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward), Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward).

Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Members of the Board of Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed

There will be a 7th Ward April Ballot Issues Forum at 7 pm Monday, February 15 at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church. Open to the Public.