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File #: RLH TA 19-264    Version:
Type: Resolution LH Tax Assessment Appeal Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/12/2019
Title: Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 613 CROMWELL AVENUE. (File No. CG1901C4, Assessment No. 190063)
Sponsors: Mitra Jalali
Ward: Special Tax Assessments, Ward - 4
Attachments: 1. 613 Cromwell Ave.Dispute Reason.3-25-19, 2. 613 Cromwell Ave.October Notice of Non-Payment.10-31-2018, 3. 613 Cromwell Ave.November Notice of Non-Payment.11-30-2018, 4. 613 Cromwell Ave.Decemeber Notice of Non-Payment.12-31-2018
Related files: RLH AR 19-58


Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 613 CROMWELL AVENUE. (File No. CG1901C4, Assessment No. 190063)


Hearing Date(s)

Date of LH: 5/9/2019

Time of LH: 9:00AM

Date of CPH: 6/12/2019


Tax Assessment Worksheet

Postcard Returned by: Charles W. Ekstedt Sr.

Cost: $ 176.69

Service Charge: $2.50

Total Assessment:  $ 179.19

Hauling Service(s) Provided: Garbage Service Oct 1 - Dec 31 2018

Garbage Hauler: Advanced Disposal

Type of Order/Fee: Garbage Hauling

Billing Time Period: 4th Quarter 2018 (Oct 1 - Dec 31)

Invoice Date(s): Oct - 10/31/2018 / Nov - 11/30/2018 / Dec - 12/31/2018

Returned Mail/Notice Concerns?:

Stated Reason for Appeal (if given): Improper dumpster assignment, improper charges, improper penalties, Improper fragmentation of responsibility for resolution of something that at one time would take only a simple 'phone call to correct a minor misunderstanding, improper usurpation by a corrupt government of private enterprise for political gain and tax/finance confiscation, improper and extreme hardship on residents in having to deal with such a burdensome, inconvenient, and time-consuming "resolution" process as this. Improper!  AS IF ANYONE IN "GOVERNMENT" REALLY GIVES A DAMN!  The problem isn't with the garbage company, who you want to blame for any issue.  The problem is you; GOVERNMENT!  DAMN!  AND, your stupid form doesn't even offer the option of sending a copy of the submission to my e-mail.  DAMN!  What good is a "confirmation" that my "COMPLAINT" has been received?  Might just as well say: It went to "The Great Gyre!"  DAMN!  To top it off, your form can't even recognize a 'phone # with dashes!  DAMN!

Staff Comments: Under citywide garbage service, all residential properties with up to four units, including rental homes and townhomes, are required to have a garbage cart and receive garbage service for each dwelling unit. Property owners must provide garbage service for all occupied dwellings. There is no option to opt out of the citywide garbage service. The City is operating under a signed contract under state statute.



WHEREAS, the Office of Financial Services Real Estate Section has attached to this Council File both a report of completion outlining the costs and fees associated with Trash Hauling during Collection of Delinquent Garbage Bills for services during October to December 2018 (File No. CG1901C4, Assessment No. 190063) and the assessment roll including all properties for which these assessments are proposed for Council ratification; and


WHEREAS, the City Council’s Legislative Hearing Officer has reviewed an appeal of this assessment and developed a recommendation for the City Council with respect to this assessment; and


WHEREAS, a public hearing having been conducted for the above improvement, and said assessment having been further considered by the Council and having been considered financially satisfactory; Now, Therefore, Be It


RESOLVED, that pursuant to Chapter 14 of the Saint Paul City Charter, said assessment is hereby ratified and payable in one installment.



Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
6/12/2019 10:09 AMEric Lein Against • ORD 18-39 (Chapter 220) should have been “suspended in its operation” (per City Charter Sec. 8.05) when the City Council adopted Resolution 18-1922 on November 14, 2018, “Finding the Petition for a referendum of ORD 18-39 is legally sufficient….” No trash bills are owed at this time in light of the properly-submitted and legally sufficient Petition. The city must legislate in good faith and carry out its obligations under the Charter. Petitioners filed a lawsuit in district court on February 7, 2019. On May 30, 2019, Judge Castro ruled that, “THE CITY COUNCIL DID NOT PROPERLY EXERCISE ITS AUTHORITY IN REFUSING TO HAVE ORDINANCE 18-39 PLACED ON THE BALLOT.” All collection activities and pending aszessments must be put on hold and/or laid over until: (1) The lawsuit, Clark vs. City of St. Paul, is decided pursuant to any and all appeals; and (2) Ord 18-39 is approved by voters in a referendum. +1 -1 1