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File #: Ord 21-57    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 12/22/2021
Title: Amending Chapter 34.24 of the Legislative Code pertaining to Excessive Consumption of City Services.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Ward: Budget, Ward - all
Amending Chapter 34.24 of the Legislative Code pertaining to Excessive Consumption of City Services.


WHEREAS, in support of Mayor Carter’s 2022 budget, the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) seeks to increase fees related to property oversight and maintenance, as detailed in Chapter 34.24 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code (SPLC), by 1.5%; and

WHEREAS, the fee increases proposed more accurately reflect the cost of providing property oversight, maintenance and related services; and

WHEREAS, DSI continues to experience substantial growth in personnel costs such as health care and wages; and

WHEREAS, General Fund pressures create the need to decrease the gap between current fee revenue and program expenses. Now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Saint Paul does hereby ordain:


Section 34.24 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 34.24. Excessive consumption of city services.

(1) Council findings. The city council finds that some property owners take little or no responsibility for the maintenance of their property until the city, through its various inspections programs, has repeatedly ordered them to remedy violations of the property maintenance chapters of the Saint Paul Legislative Code. Such property owners create excessive costs for the city which are over and above the normal cost of providing inspection services city-wide. Property owners who must repeatedly be ordered to remedy code violations on their property consume an unacceptable and disproportionate share of limited city resources. Therefore, it is the intent of the city council, by the adoption of this section, to impose and collect the costs associated with reinspections and the excessive consumption of city inspection services. The collection of such costs for certain properties shall be by assessment against the real property requiring such excessive inspection or reinspection servic...

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