St. Paul, Minnesota
|St. Paul, Minnesota|
|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|
|Population in 2013:||294,873|
African American 15.7%
Hispanic or Latino 9.6%
Two or More Races 4.2%
|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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For a full list of St. Paul city boards and commissions, see [ here].
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.
St. Paul's adopted operating budget for 2014 was $515.5 million.
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.
- See also: Ramsey County, Minnesota ballot measures
Population as of the July, 2011 census updates: 288,448
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.
As of October 2014, information on St. Paul federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.
City website evaluation
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- Current and past budgets posted.
- City Council meeting videos, minutes, and agendas posted.
- City Council members are listed with individual contact information.
- A staff directory lists contacts by department with individual contact information.
- Permits/licenses posted online.
- Information on city planning/zoning posted.
- Audits posted.
- Website contains current projects up for bid, current contracts and when they expire, and other contracting information.
- Contact information for the Mayor is not posted.
- 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.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 27, 2014
- St. Paul City Charter, Ch. 3.01 and 4.01, accessed on October 27, 2014
- St. Paul City Charter, Ch. 3.01, accessed on October 27, 2014
- St. Paul City Charter, Ch. 4.01, accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of St. Paul, "City Council," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of St. Paul, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 27, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Important Election Dates," accessed September 19, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Filing Periods," accessed September 19, 2014
- City of St. Paul, "Adopted Operating Budget 2014 in Brief," accessed on October 27, 2014
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- City of St. Paul, "Budgets," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of St. Paul, "City Council Videos, Agendas, & Minutes," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of St. Paul, "Staff Directory," accessed on October 27, 2014
- Permits and Licenses
- City of St. Paul, "City Planning," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of St. Paul, "Audits
- City of St. Paul, "Current Bids," accessed on October 27, 2014
- Online City of St. Paul, "Bidding," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of St. Paul, "Contact the Mayor," accessed on October 27, 2014
State of Minnesota
St. Paul (capital)
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