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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Mayor’s race: Candidates tout their top priorities for St. Paul

Melvin Carter Miki Frost Dino Guerin Bill Hosko Dora Jones-Robinson Paul Langenfeld Abu Nayeem First-term incumbent Mayor Melvin Carter is facing seven challengers this fall in his bid for reelection in Saint Paul. Miki Frost, Dino Guerin, Bill Hosko, Dora…

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Saint Paul allocates $3.5M in American Rescue Plan funds

It was not easy, but the Saint Paul City Council allocated nearly $3.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on August 25. The money will be used to support a law enforcement career academy, restore city staff…

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Ramsey County eyes 3.2% increase in spending in 2022

The Ramsey County Board will hold a public hearing on the biennial budget for 2022-2023 at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 14. The board is scheduled to set its maximum property tax levy for 2022 on September 21. After that date,…

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Mayor proposes double-digit spending increase in ’22

Carter’s budget includes tax levy increase of 6.9% to help pay for initiatives. Restoring critical services interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting housing needs, creating an Office of Neighborhood Safety and allocating federal American Rescue Plan funds are four highlights…

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Saint Paul uses $5.1M in rescue funds for backlog of needs

More than $5.1 million from the federal American Rescue Plan will be spent on a variety of pressing needs in Saint Paul, including increased public safety measures, criminal court prosecutions, and street and crosswalk restriping. The Saint Paul City Council…

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