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

 

 

Tuesday Hearing on New Tax District For Part of Soulard

Notaxation

10 am Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to Public Public

Hearing on Board Bill 83  by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar to create the Soulard Community Improvement District, a special tax district. Passage of the Board Bill would facilitate a vote on sales tax funding of the District. The vote would be by registered voters within the district  by mail.

The Board running the District will be appointed by the Mayor and represent only property owners and businesses. Renters will have no seat on the Board. Over 70% of Soulard is rental units.

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda. Committee’s Agenda was finally posted 8:34 am Monday. We previously knew Board Bill 83 would be heard on Tuesday because property owners within the proposed District received their meeting notice required by law (from the CID’s legal counsel, Husch Blackwell).

These types of board bills are aldermanic privilege bills, meaning the hearing is a formality and no one will vote against it.

Members of Ways & Means Committee: Chair/10th Ward Alderman Joe Vollmer; Vice Chair/19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 26th Ward Alderwoman Shameem Hubbard, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Alderpersons and President Reed. 

Monday Soulard Special Business District Meeting (property tax for security)

6:30 pm Monday, April 9, 2018
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Online Notice at organization’s website (the date stamp says it was posted tomorrow/Monday)

The SSBD Twitter account @SoulardSBD posted about the meeting at 10:40 pm Tonight/Sunday.

Per Mayor Krewson’s Executive Order 60 this meeting was required to have a notice posted to the City’s website at least 24 hours in advance. There is no such notice on the City’s website as of 10:53 pm Sunday, April 8th.
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This lack of required public notice happened last month as well.

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

SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group’s Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.
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SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax. Proposed Boundaries.
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Monday SRG Safety Committee Meeting

soulard-sign-outside7 pm Monday, January 29, 2018
Soulard Restoration Group
Soulard Safety Committee
Soulard Station, 1011 S 12th
Open to the Public

Agenda:
1. Crime Stats
2. Incidents of Concern
3. Court Advocacy Efforts
4. SRG Neighborhood Public Security Camera Status Update
5. SSBD Items

SRG Safety Committee IS NOT Soulard Special Business District, the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard. See map for boundaries.

Next SSBD Meeting should be 6 pm Monday, February 12, 2018 at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th. Open to the Public. If you’d like on the agenda to speak at that meeting, contact chairman@soulard-sbd.org at least one day in advance of meeting.

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

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

See map for proposed boundaries
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Monday SRG Soulard Safety Meeting

soulard7 pm Monday, August 28th, 2017
Soulard Restoration Group
Soulard Safety Committee
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Per Nextdoor post…

“The Soulard Safety Committee will meet on Monday, 9/25, at 7 PM at Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St. We will cover September crimes, incidents of concern, camera status, and coordination with the SSBD. This meeting is open to the public.”

SRG Safety Committee IS NOT Soulard Special Business District, the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard. See map for boundaries.

Next SSBD Meeting should be 6 pm Monday, October 9th, 2017 at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th. Open to the Public. If you’d like on the agenda to speak at that meeting, contact chairman@soulard-sbd.org at least one day in advance of meeting.

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

SSBD Boundaries
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There is also group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax. See map for proposed boundaries

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Monday SRG Safety Committee Meeting

soulardSoulard Restoration Group
Soulard Safety Committee Meeting
7-8:30 pm Monday, June 26th, 2017
Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th

Open to the Public

SRG Safety Committee IS NOT Soulard Special Business District, the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard. See map for boundaries.

ssbd_boundrymapNext SSBD Meeting is 6 pm Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th. Open to the Public. If you’d like on the agenda to speak at that meeting, contact chairman@soulard-sbd.org at least one day in advance of meeting.

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

The Deadline to apply for appointment to fill three positions on SSBD- residential property owner, commercial property renter,  residential property renter- is 5 pm Thursday, June 29th.

There is also group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax. See map for proposed boundaries
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