UPDATED: Sunshine Request For Soulard CID Tax Election Results

Updated January 13, 2020 with January 10, 2020 response from David G. Richardson, Husch Blackwell, attorney for Soulard Community Improvement District. The records will be turned over by January 17th. You would think that part of the records could be turned over immediately. Hard to believe the election authority- Husch Blackwell- does not have a file folder with a letter to Soulard CID Board with number of  votes cast, number of Yes votes, number of No votes, that could be forwarded as partial  comply with Sunshine request.

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Imagine if your city had a website that failed to provide contact information- no physical address, no phone number, and the email link was dead, but if you clicked on and read every page, eventually you’d find the email address buried on another page.

Imagine if your city held a tax election where the ballots were mailed and counted by a law firm, not conducted by your Election Board or elected County Clerk or Election Director, and the election results were not posted online except percentage of Yes and No votes.

That’s the situation with Soulard Community Improvement District. It is, under State law, a taxing district, a political subdivision, a governmental unit. It is bigger than many cities in Missouri. And it has a transparency problem, which would come as no surprise to the Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

Soulard CID held a mail in sales tax election conducted by its legal counsel- Husch Blackwell.

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It has failed to publish election results even remotely resembling that what would happen in an election conducted by Board of Election.

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To get the election results, I have made a Sunshine request today.

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I’ll let you know the response. I plan on writing more on this faux election later.

— Marie Ceselski, former 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

 

 

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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7th Ward Independent Dems Urge You To Vote No On Prop P & Sign Audit Petition

Audit St. Louis Petition Information

Polls Open 6 am to 7 pm Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Find Your Polling Place Here

If you would like to work the polls in the 7th Ward
If you need a Ride to Polls
If you have questions about Voter ID for this election

Call Committeewoman Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599

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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.

Sunday Audit St. Louis Meeting

noaudit5 pm Sunday, September 24th
Audit St. Louis Meeting
Foam, 3359 S Jefferson
Event Facebook Page
Event Website

9/20/2018 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Residents Call for State Audit of City — With Focus on Police

Ballot Language for November 7th Special Election- Prop P Sales Tax Increase

Enabling Legislation for Prop P Sales Tax Increase and votes by Aldermen

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

Absentee Voting Begins Tuesday for the November 7th Prop P Special Election. Absentee Voting Information

October 11th is Last Day to Register to Vote in November 7th Prop P Special Election. Voter Registration Information

Wednesday Ways & Means: Tax Ballot Issues

yTkejEGTEMake your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President. Contact information below.

St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Leisure Room (230), City Hall, 1200 Market

City Website Calendar Notice

Agenda

Board Bill 58 by 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway for a public vote on payroll expense tax and removal of exemption for nonprofits with 21 or more more employees

Board Bill 60 by 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway for a public vote to raise sales tax to fund public safety

The State Sales Tax Rate + St. Louis City Sales Tax Rate is 8.679% or more depending on location and special taxing districts.

Also might be of interest…

4/4/2017 St. Louis Post-DispatchSales tax for police passes by big margin in St. Louis County 

6/22/2017 St. Louis Public RadioCounty police officers to see 30 percent raise while city mulls funding options for its officers

6/23/2017 St. Louis Post-DispatchPolice overtime – $1.3 million a month – strains St. Louis budget 

Comptroller’s Audit of Police Overtime

Ways & Means Committee Members: 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway (Chair), 4th Ward Alderman Samuel L. Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad (elected in April), 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd (elected in April). Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Aldermen and Board President

Find your alderman by entering your address here 

NO MEETING Monday for Soulard Special Business (Property Tax) District

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6 pm Monday, April 10th, 2017
Soulard Special Business District Meeting
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

The SSBD does not publish agendas or meeting minutes on its website.

This is the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard.

There is a vacancy on the SSBD Board of Commissioners for a residential renter and a residential property owner seat expired the end of 2016.

There is a group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax.

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