St. Paul Chris Coleman is asking for another major property tax increase. This is likely the first in a lengthy list of mayoral sob stories set to be published.

Mayor Coleman, it seems, expected a “$3 million boost in state aid” that isn’t coming. The sob story will sound something like this: We passed a budget that expected an increase in LGA but House Republicans killed that. Now we’re stuck with a $3,000,000 deficit, which means we’re going to have to cut “up to nine police officers.”

Actually, the entire paragraph reads “The breakdown of talks over a potential special legislative session means the city isn’t going to get an expected $3 million boost in state aid, and simply cutting that money could cost the city up to nine police officers, force one of the city’s recreation centers to close and trim the city’s racial equity initiatives, Coleman wrote Wednesday in a letter to the St. Paul City Council.”

Start cutting, Mayor Coleman. Forcing “one of the city’s recreation centers to close” isn’t a tragedy. Losing 9 police officers at a time when BlackLivesMatter activists are throwing cement blocks and rebar at police offices is a tragedy. This paragraph sums it up perfectly:

“This is not acceptable,” said council member Dai Thao. “We spend millions of dollars on the Palace Theater. Some of the folks targeted by these cuts would never experience the Palace theater,” said Thao, saying the cuts wouldn’t be fair for many St. Paul residents.

The first question that isn’t being asked is this: why did St. Paul spend “millions of dollars on the Palace Theater”? Here’s why they spent millions on it:

Enhancing the vibrant downtown entertainment district is at the core of this project. Expected to attract more than 100,000 people downtown annually, the Palace Theatre will fill a need in the current entertainment venue market by offering a contemporary music venue twice as large as Minneapolis’ First Avenue.

In other words, St. Paul just pissed away millions of dollars to compete with Minneapolis? Now they want to raise taxes because they’re spending like a bunch of drunk sailors at a strip club. Imagine spending millions of dollars on a building like this:

4 Responses to “Chris Coleman’s property tax hike explained”

  • Chad Q says:

    I live in Coleman’s craphole of a city and the amount of money wasted on stupidity is amazing. Meanwhile streets are falling apart and crime is running rampant. Sadly Coleman and his ilk will continue to run the City into the ground and blame it on those who have no control over how the money is spent.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Chad, first of all, my condolences on living in St. Paul. Next, I did a study of St. Paul’s operating budget in 2008 right before the Republican National Convention. It took me about a week to go through the operating budget. At the time, I figured that, at minimum, 40% of their operating budget was pure waste that couldn’t be justified. I suspect that percentage has increased since. It’s time for the legislature to tell cities like St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester & Duluth that their LGA will be frozen until they get their spending straightened out. It isn’t our responsibility as taxpayers to pay for their stupidity.

  • Chad Q says:

    I’m trying to get out and over to Wisconsin our land in as fast as possible. Another 5 years and we are gone.

    There’s no reason a city like St. Paul that has its own sales tax, should need LGA. LGA is supposed to be for cities that don’t have enough of a tax base to allow for BASIC services. Cities like St. Paul, Duluth, Minneapolis, etc. squander tax money that should be spent on police, fire, road repair, etc. and use it for rec centers (i.e. daycare centers) and the like and then when the golden goose doesn’t lay the $3 million dollar egg, they cry foul and say they need to raise taxes to make up the money the evil GOP wouldn’t give them.

  • Gary Gross says:

    I’m proposing that Republicans put together a bill that freezes LGA to any city that spends a dime on ‘quality of living’ initiatives. LGA gets frozen, too, if anyone proposes cutting road & bridge funding or cutting firefighters or police when there’s a deficit. If cities that get LGA want to cut police or firefighters, they have to seek permission from the legislature.

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