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File #: RES 20-1194    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 9/9/2020
Title: Approving the 2020 Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) General Operating Fund Grant Program Guidelines.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Rebecca Noecker
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - CSTAR_2020-GenOps-Guidelines_Resolution, 2. Attachment B - CSTAR-2020-GenOps Fund Program Financial Analysis RES 20-1194

Approving the 2020 Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) General Operating Fund Grant Program Guidelines.


WHEREAS, on July 13, 1994, the City Council of the City of Saint Paul established the Cultural Capital Investment (“Cultural STAR”) Program; and

WHEREAS, the Cultural STAR Program is funded with ten percent of an additional one-half of one percent sales tax on sales transactions that occur within the City of Saint Paul, pursuant to Minnesota Laws 1993, Chapter 375, Article 9, Section 46, as amended; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Cultural STAR Program is to promote economic growth in Saint Paul by strengthening the arts and cultural sector and by supporting downtown as a vital cultural center; and

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency for COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans, beginning on January 27, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 President Donald Trump declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constituted a National Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-04, which ordered certain places of public accommodation closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public; and

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 which ordered all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in essential activities or critical sector work; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense financial harm to Saint Paul artists and cultural organization and the cultural nonprofit sector; and

WHEREAS, the 2020 STAR Budget had identified $100,000 of Cultural STAR Program funds for "Events for Neighborhood Cultural Organizations in Downtown" that is now being reallocated to the General Operating Fund to meet the mo...

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