Judge Rules St. Paul Must Stop Assessing for Street Repairs

A Ramsey County district judge has decided that St. Paul cannot continue to charge individual property owners for ordinary roadway maintenance.

The judgment on Monday may leave the city with a multimillion-dollar budget hole, evoking memories of the debates that erupted after a 2016 Minnesota Supreme Court order that compelled St. Paul to rethink how it supports street maintenance. The city switched nearly $20 million in roadway repair expenditures from assessment bills to tax bills as a result of the verdict, resulting in a 20 percent property tax hike in 2018.

St. Paul continued to charge property owners for a few services, like as lighting, sweeping, milling and overlaying, and seal coating, based on how much of their land bordered the streets that were being worked on.

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