Since 2003, the City of St. Paul has been taxing street maintenance separately to disguise and minimize reported property tax increases. When the old Right of Way system was successfully challenged in the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2016, the city rebranded it as the Street Maintenance Service Program.
These policies have created hugely uneven burdens. Some residents are saddled with thousands of dollars in street maintenance fees while their neighbors, who also use these arterial streets, pay little or nothing.
There are fair and legal ways for the City to do this. Instead, the city is sidestepping Minnesota law, and with it the important protections the law provides for taxpayers.
Why We're Fighting.
Taxes Should be Fair
The cost of maintaining our street network should be shared by everyone.
The City needs to stop penalizing homeowners who live on major thoroughfares while giving everyone else a free ride.
Taxes Must be Legal
St. Paul needs to start complying with Minnesota law.
The Minnesota Supreme Court threw out the same system in 2016. Rebranding an illegal system doesn’t make it legal.
St. Paul needs to be held accountable.
Cities are supposed to listen to their residents. That includes meaningful public consultation, hearings, and adequate notice before work begins.
Get in touch.
If you've received an 'Invoice' or Assessment for Street Maintenance work from St. Paul, we want to hear from you.
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