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St. Paul, Minnesota

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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General information
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Mayor:Chris Coleman
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:November 3, 2015
City council seats:7
2014 FY Budget:$515.5 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:294,873
Gender:51.1% Female
Race:White 55.9%
African American 15.7%
Asian 15.0%
Two or More Races 4.2%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 9.6%
Unemployment:4.4%
Median household income:$46,305
High school graduation rate:86.2%
College graduation rate:37.8%
Related St. Paul offices
Minnesota Congressional Delegation
Minnesota State Legislature
Minnesota state executive offices
St. Paul is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota. As of 2013, its population was 294,873.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of St. Paul utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Chris Coleman is the current Mayor of St. Paul.[3]

City council

The St. Paul City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4][5]

Membership

The St. Paul City Council is made up of seven members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's seven districts. Council members serve four-year terms[5]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom the mayor and city council members have appointed and approved, advises the St. Paul City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[6]

For a full list of St. Paul city boards and commissions, see [ here].

Elections

2015

See also: St. Paul, Minnesota municipal elections, 2015

The city of St. Paul, Minnesota will hold elections for city council on November 3, 2015. A primary will take place on August 11, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 2, 2015. All seven city council seats are up for election.[7][8]

Budget

St. Paul's adopted operating budget for 2014 was $515.5 million.[9]

Contact information

City Clerk's Office
310 City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd., West
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 266-8688

The mayor's office provides an online contact form. It can be accessed here.

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Ramsey County, Minnesota ballot measures

The city of St. Paul is in Ramsey County. A list of ballot measures in Ramsey County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Minnesota

Population as of the July, 2011 census updates: 288,448[10]

Charter city

The signature requirement is 8% of those who voted for the office of mayor in the last preceding city election. Petition form requirements can be found in the St. Paul Charter, Section 8.02.1-.4. Petitions are filed with the city clerk. After certification, the council has 60 days to pass the measure without alteration or it shall be placed on the ballot at the next general election in the city which occurs on or after the 120th day from the filing of the petition with the city clerk.

DocumentIcon.jpg St. Paul Charter, Chap. 8

Lobbying

As of October 2014, information on St. Paul federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
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The good

  • Current and past budgets posted.[11]
  • City Council meeting videos, minutes, and agendas posted.[12]
  • City Council members are listed with individual contact information.[5]
  • A staff directory lists contacts by department with individual contact information.[13]
  • Permits/licenses posted online.[14]
  • Information on city planning/zoning posted.[15]
  • Audits posted.[16]
  • Website contains current projects up for bid[17], current contracts and when they expire, and other contracting information.[18]

The bad

  • Contact information for the Mayor is not posted.[19]
  • Information is given on the policies the City lobbies the State of Minnesota on during the 2010 legislative session, but does not disclose information about how much is spent on lobbying or if they use government sector lobbying or government sector lobbying associations
  • There is no information on how to request public records consistent with the Minnesota Data Practices Act
  • There is no information on common taxes imposed by the city and how the tax dollars are used.

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