Monday Soulard Special Business District (Property Tax) Meeting

yTkejEGTE6:30-8 pm Monday, February 10, 2020
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

SSBD Website Online Notice: Posted Sunday Night without Agenda as of 9 am Monday.

City Online Calendar Notice*: Posted Without Agenda as of 9 am Monday.

Agenda: None posted online as of 9 am Monday. The last Agenda posted, for January 2020 Meeting, is actually July 2018 Agenda.

Most recent Meeting Minutes posted online: December 2019

*SSBD is required by Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order 60 (relating to Sunshine/transparency) to post Meeting Notices and Agendas at least 24 hours in advance to City Online Calendar. For a 6:30 Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted by 6:30 pm Friday before the meeting.

Soulard Special Business District still does not post budgets. Their website has a 2016 pie chart showing percentages to various categories.  That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen: Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

Monday Soulard Property Tax Special District Meeting, Still Sunshine Issues

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Soulard Special Business District is a special taxing district that funds security/safety services within part of Soulard via property tax collected in part of Soulard. Boundaries. 

Monday’s Soulard Special Business District meeting, like most before it, is in violation of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order #60 requiring meeting notices with agendas be posted 24 Hours in advance on City Calendar. The Executive Order applies to all offices, board, commissions subject to Missouri Sunshine Law. Special Tax Districts are required to post Notice AND Agenda at least 24 Business Hours in advance. For a 6:30 pm Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted online by 6:30 pm previous Friday. SSBD did not post the Notice on City Calendar but did not post Agenda.

I have looked for Meeting Agendas and Minutes on the District’s website and did not find anything until recently. There is now a page for Agendas and Minutes hidden under “Helpful Resources” tab. There is, however, no Agenda posted for Monday’s meeting.

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The December 9th meeting had an Agenda posted to the District’s website notices the day of the meeting.  Previous post on Soulard Business District Transparency Issues.

Soulard Special Business District is not Soulard Restoration Group Safety CommitteeSoulard Restoration Group Safety Committee.

Soulard Special Business District is not the new Soulard Community Improvement District, which will fund improvements in part of Soulard via special sales tax collected in part of Soulard. Two of the Special Business District directors, however, are also Community Improvement District directors. Boundaries

Special Taxing Districts have received great criticism from State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

6:30-8 pm Monday, December 9, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice

Soulard Special Business District does not post budgets. It has a 2016 pie chart of expense categories showing percentages.

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That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen. Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF, the off duty police officers who patrol in Soulard, Downtown, elsewhere in vehicles marker “Police.”. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

There’s $6,000 budgeted for “Business Management,” so there’s no reason meeting Agendas should not be posted online in accordance with law.

Monday Soulard Property Tax Special District Meeting, Sunshine Issues Continue

DecSSBDSoulard Special Business District is a special taxing district that funds security/safety services within part of Soulard via property tax collected in part of Soulard. Boundaries.

This Soulard Special Business District meeting, like most before it, is in violation of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order #60 on requiring meeting notices be posted 24 Hours in advance on City Calendar. The Executive Order applies to all offices, board, commissions subject to Missouri Sunshine Law, which requires Notice AND Agenda posted 24 Business Hours in advance. For a 6:30 pm Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted online by 6:30 pm previous Friday. SSBD did not post on City Calendar until 7:53 am Today/Monday and the Notice has no Agenda.

Soulard Special Business District is not Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee, which posts meeting notices and agendas on Nextdoor and Soulard’s weekly email newsletter, as a neighborhood association activity, is not required to post to City Calendar.

Soulard Special Business District is not the new Soulard Community Improvement District, which will fund improvements in part of Soulard via special sales tax collected in part of Soulard. Two of the Special Business District directors, however, are also Community Improvement District directors. Boundaries

Special Taxing Districts have received great criticism from State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

6:30-8 pm Monday, December 9, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice

Agenda: Not Provided in City Calendar Notice or Soulard Special Business District’s website.

Most recent posted Meeting Minutes: None. Soulard Special Business District does not post Minutes online.

Soulard Special Business District also does not post budgets. It has a 2016 pie chart showing percentages to various categories. That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen. Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF, the off duty police officers who patrol in Soulard, Downtown, elsewhere in vehicles marker “Police.”. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

There’s $6,000 budgeted for “Business Management,” so there’s no reason meeting Notices & Agendas should not be posted online in accordance with law.

Monday Night Soulard Safety Forum

soulardsafetyThis event is sponsored by the special property tax district for part of Soulard that pays for additional security by off duty police officers in part of Soulard via contract with The City’s Finest, the company with the vehicles marked with controversial “Police.”

7 pm Monday, November 11, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Safety Forum
Molly’s, 816 Geyer
Open to the Public

Speakers:
St. Louis Police Department
The City’s Finest
Soulard Special Business District Commissioners
7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar

The owner of the event venue- Luke Reynolds- is also the SSBD Chair, who also helped run the recent campaign for a sales tax to fund the Soulard Community Improvement District.

SSBD does not post Board Meeting Agendas on its website.

SSBD does not post Board Meeting Minutes on its website.

SSBD has not posted any budget information other than this chart since 2015.

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Here is the 2017 Resolution approved by the Board of Aldermen for the 2018-2019 SSBD Budget. It includes $300,000 for the contract with TCF and an additional $10,000 for something called “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

Monday SSBD (Property Tax District) Meeting

6:30 pm Monday, April 8, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Online Notice at organization’s website

No Agenda Posted with Notice.

Mayor appoints Board. No Notice on City Calendar in violation of Mayor’s Executive Order on posting of public meeting notices.

SSBD is the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard. Boundaries
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SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.

SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax.

Monday Night Soulard Special Business (Tax) District Safety Meeting

6:30 pm Monday, January 14, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Online Notice at organization’s website

No Notice on City Calendar

SSBD is the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard. Boundaries
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SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.

SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax.

Second Month Without Soulard Special Business District Meeting

Still no public notice for a monthly meeting of Soulard Special Business District, the special taxing district for property tax to fund extra security. The Board usually meets the first or second Monday every month. The last meeting was September. There was also no August meeting.

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SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee that meets the last Monday of each month, usually at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.

SSBD is also not the proposed Soulard Community Improvement District, a special taxing district for a sales tax to fund improvements. Boundaries:

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Monday Soulard Special Biz Dist (property tax for security) Meeting

6:30 pm Monday, September 10, 2018
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Online Notice at organization’swebsite

No Notice on City Calendar

No meeting in August.

SSBD is the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard. Boundaries
ssbd_boundrymap1

SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.

SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax. 

Monday Soulard Taxing District Meeting: Property Tax For Security

soulard-sign-outside6:30 pm Monday, July 9
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Online Notice at organization’s website -Notice posted 9:30ish pm Sunday, July 8th without Agenda

City Online Calendar Notice without Agenda

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

SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.

SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax. Boundaries:
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Monday Soulard Special Biz Dist Meeting (property tax for security)

UPDATE: The SSBD Chair says that they cannot post to the City website calendar, it can only be done by Mayor’s Office.

6:30 pm Monday, June 11, 2018
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Online Notice at organization’s website

CityCalendarSundayThe Board is appointed by mayors. 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 9 pm Sunday, June 10th.

This lack of required public notice also happened in March, April and May.

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

SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.

SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax. Boundaries:
boundarymap