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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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