The latest edition of The Villager leads with two issues that underscore St. Paul residents’ current frustrations with their elected representatives – mill & overlay, and organized trash collection, both of which are now the subject of lawsuits against St. Paul.
The mill & overlay article covers the city’s decision on June 19th to reduce mill & overlay rates and notes our upcoming appeal. It also quotes city real estate manager Bruce Engelbrekt, confirming the city’s intention to issue partial refunds to the approximately 100 property owners who had already paid the higher assessment.
The trash referendum saga has similar hallmarks. Most notably, the City’s willingness to ignore its own Charter provisions to shut down referenda, public hearings, and other measures designed to keep it accountable to its citizenry.
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