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File #: Ord 20-31    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 9/23/2020
Title: Creating Chapter 142 of the Legislative Code (Title XII) pertaining to a Special Service District in Downtown.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker
Attachments: 1. Returned Petitions - May-June 2020, 2. Additional Petition, 3. Lowry Building Objection, 4. SSD - Notice of Public Hearings.City.FINAL.08252020, 5. Downtown Improvement District, 6. ORD 20-31 Securian Financial Letter 9-15-20, 7. Public Comments for ORD 20-31, 8. Repke-Brooks 9-16, 9. Safety Ambassador Program, 10. Ord 20-31 Email from Reigstad 9-18-20, 11. St. Paul SSD database.Petition Sufficiency.Proposed Charge.09222020
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Creating Chapter 142 of the Legislative Code (Title XII) pertaining to a Special Service District in Downtown.

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WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, chapter 428A authorizes the City to create “special service districts,” the purpose of which is to provide an increased level of service or infrastructure to its commercial or industrial areas; and


WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, section 428A.01 subdivision 4 defines a special service district as “a defined area within the city where special services are rendered and the costs of the special services are paid from revenues collected from service charges imposed within that area;” and


WHEREAS, special service districts have proven to strengthen downtown business environments throughout North America, with nearly all of Saint Paul’s peer cities employing self-imposed and self-managed districts to improve the economic strength of their downtowns; and


WHEREAS, City and County roles are most commonly thought of as fiscal sponsors for collecting fees through property tax collections, and disbursing proceeds to special service districts; and


WHEREAS, Saint Paul workers, residents, business owners, and community leaders have been engaged - through the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, its Downtown Vitality Vision, and the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance - for several years in a process to research best practices and determine the feasibility of a special service district in downtown Saint Paul; and


WHEREAS, Saint Paul business leaders and property owners have drafted a service model that provides services beyond those ordinarily provided by the City or other public entities with a priority on improving safety outcomes and perceptions, which has received broad support; and


WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, section 428A.08 requires that, in order to create a special service district, the owners of 25 percent or more of the land area that would be subject to the charges, and either (i) owners of 25 percent or more of t...

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