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Nov. 7 election results show 60 percent voted no to renew a three-year local option tax for city operations

The majority of St. Paul voters said no Nov. 7 to a three-year local option tax extension for city operations.

Of 110 votes cast, 66 (60 percent) said no and 44 (40 percent) said yes.

If passed, the city would have renewed a tax of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning with the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

According to the explanatory statement in the voter pamphlet, the city of St. Paul's permanent tax rate provides about $22,836 to the city every year, which is needed to fund street lighting, police protection, land use planning, housing development, resource protection, budget and financial management, insurance, general administration and professional services (like auditing, legal, engineering and planning).

"This doesn't mean we'll be shutting off street lights," said Mayor Kim Wallis. "But we're going to have to review staffing."

The requested rate would have raised approximately $55,632 in fiscal year 2018-2019, $60,958 in 2019-2020 and $62,787 in 2020-2021.

Now that the local option tax has been denied, the city will still collect taxes at the permanent tax rate of 61.57 cents per $1,000 of assessed value starting Nov. 15, 2018.

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