County Board OKs $25M for 1,393 affordable housing units

The Ramsey County Board approved almost $25 million for affordable housing in May, providing financial assistance for 18 new and existing apartment buildings. Many of the buildings are in Saint Paul, including several downtown and in Highland Park and Ramsey…

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Council spends $4.5M in rescue funds to assist tourism

Seven groups will receive grants to promote tourism in Saint Paul as a result of City Council approval on May 4 of $4.477 million from the federal American Rescue Plan through a city Tourism Recovery Support Program.City planning director Nicolle…

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St. Paul accepts feds’ help in beefing up police force

City Council also agrees to revise qualifications for new police chief. With the help of new federal funds, Saint Paul will be adding up to 30 police officers, replacing over 1,200 public safety radios and stepping up efforts to reverse…

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Saint Paul eyes $14.5M to help property owners replace lead pipes

Assistance is flowing in to help Saint Paul property owners remove hazardous lead water pipes. The Saint Paul City Council on March 23 approved using $4 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to help pay for replacing the…

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City receives mixed messages on ’22 budget

The city of Saint Paul’s annual Truth-in-Taxation hearing revealed widespread unhappiness over property tax increases but many more calls for increased city spending. Three people testified before the City Council, but more than two dozen submitted testimony via email or…

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Landlords join homeowners in opposing large property tax hikes

The Ramsey County Board heard on November 29 from property owners of all kinds deeply worried about large increases in their projected property taxes for 2022. The county held its Truth-in-Taxation hearing on that date both online and at Saint…

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Saint Paul to spend $3.5M on replacing radios

The Saint Paul City Council voted 4-3 on December 1 to spend $3.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds to replace aging radios for its police, fire and emergency management departments. The issue was contentious, with council members Amy…

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