Wednesday Ways & Means: Prop P Reallocation; Hotel Welfare

yTkejEGTEMake your voices heard! Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

10 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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 246 by 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg to provide the conditions under which reallocation of Prop P funds may be made with Board of Aldermen approval.

This bill does not prevent reallocation of the Sales Tax and Use Tax. It makes the Board of Aldermen a real player when it does happen.

This bill does not impact any other earmarked sales and use tax money. The City is free to reallocate those funds for purposes other than what voters intended.

Board Bill 207 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia to establish a Community Improvement District (special taxing district) for hotel at former site of Harry’s on Market.

We have lost track of how many subsidized hotel projects there are in Downtown right now. This hotel is getting…

  • 5 Years 90% Tax Abatement
  • Sales Tax Exemption on construction materials
  • Keeps 1% Sales Tax from via Community Improvement District controlled by company

The Company also owns Residence Inn at Jefferson & Highway 40, which collects and keeps sales taxes from a Community Development District and Transportation Development District.

9/27/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New hotel on former Harry’s Restaurant site to break ground soon http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/new-hotel-on-former-harry-s-restaurant-site-to-break/article_c9b3475d-d8f3-51bd-a400-73f592d43e18.html

Members of Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Committee include: 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, Chair; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 13th Ward Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Carol Howard; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Joe Vaccaro; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact information for all Aldermen and Board President

Polls Open 6 am – 7 pm Today: Vote No On Proposition P

Find your polling place here
For Ride to Polls, Marie 314-630-7599
7th Ward Independent Democrats Urge You To Vote No On Prop P

What are your Tax Dollars buying?
34% goes to Police and Police Pensions

How much will Sales Tax be in special taxing districts if Prop P passes?
At Field Foods on Lafayette: 11.6790% Sales Tax

14 Tax, Sewer District, and Trash Fee Increases in 11 Years

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St. Louis City Increases in Taxes, Sewer Rates, Trash Fees Since 2006

yTkejEGTEThere have been 14 increases in sales, use, and property taxes; sewer rates; and trash fees in the City of St. Louis since 2006.

June 2017: $3 monthly Increase to Trash Fee

April 2017: 1/2% Sales Tax for economic development (NS Metrolink expansion, neighborhood vitalization, public safety) with corresponding Use Tax

*April 2017: In the eyes of Mayor Krewson, City voters approved a Property Tax Increase for $40 Million Bond Issue to fund vacant residential building rehab

November 2016: Property Tax Increase to fund senior citizen services

April 2016: Property Tax Increase for St. Louis Public Schools

April 2016: Sewer Rate Hike to fund $900 Million Bond Issue for wastewater improvements

April 2016: Property Tax Increase to fund stormwater operations/maintenance

April 2013: 3/16% Sales Tax to fund CityArchRiver project, Great Rivers Greenway, and city parks with corresponding Use Tax

June 2012: Sewer Rate Hike to fund $945 Million Bond Issue for Metropolitan Sewer District

July 2010: Board of Aldermen established $11 monthly Trash Fee

August 2008: Sewer Rate Hike to fund $275 Million Bond Issue for Metropolitan Sewer District

November 2006: 1/8% Sales Tax to fund two recreation centers and improvements to other centers with corresponding Use Tax

Two bond issues not requiring tax hikes were approved by voters in the same period:

April 2016- $25 Million Bond Issue for Fire Department/public safety

November 2010- $155 Million Bond Issue for St. Louis Public Schools

*City voters have twice renewed the City’s earning tax during the same period.

City voters have twice turned down proposals to increase the City’s maximum fines $1,000 from $500) during the same period.

*Not included in total.

Saturday STL Democratic Party Meeting

365px-DemocratslogoMeeting Notice
St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee
When: 9 am Saturday, October 21st
Where: Fat Burger, 2812 N Grand
Public Transit: #70 Grand
Open to the Public

Agenda:
1. Prop P Pro and Con Speakers
2. Fundraising

 

Central Committee Website
Central Committee Facebook Page

 

Wednesday Voter Registration Deadline For Nov. 7th Sales Tax Election

voterdrive5 pm Wednesday, October 11th is Voter Registration Deadline for November 7th Election on Prop P Sales Tax Hike.

You can register to vote at DMV offices, including the DMV Office at City Hall run by Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly,

You can register to vote at the City’s public libraries. Please call ahead to see if library’s voter registrar is available.

You can Register to Vote in person at St. Louis City Board of Election.

The 7th Ward Committeewoman has Voter Registration Applications. If you’d like to swing by her house  Tuesday after work and fill one out, she will hand deliver it to Board of Election on Wednesday. Contact Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599.

Absentee voting has already begun on Prop P. Absentee Ballot Info

Prop P Sample Ballot

Prop P enabling legislation: Board Bill 60 and Aldermen Voting Record

There is no information as of today from Prop P Proponents in support of the measure. On Sept 29th, campaign consultants filed a campaign committee with Missouri Ethics Commission called Citizens For A Safer St. Louis to support the measure. No money has been reported yet.

Opposition to Prop P, to date, is in the form of a petition drive to obtain an audit of the City’s Public Safety Department by the State Auditor. Audit St. Louis Facebook Page

News articles…

7/15//2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis aldermen approve putting half-cent sales tax hike for public safety on ballot

9/20/2017 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Residents Call for State Audit of City — With Focus on Police 

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