What is the STAR Program?

  • In May 1993, the Minnesota State Legislature authorized the City of Saint Paul to levy an additional half-cent sales tax to make needed improvements to the Saint Paul RiverCentre complex and create the Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization or STAR Program and the Cultural STAR Program. The goal of Neighborhood STAR is to utilize funds for capital improvements to further residential, economic and commercial development in Saint Paul. Cultural STAR funds capital, special project, and operating support for cultural organizations. 
  • In 1994, the City Council established the Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Program, which includes the Neighborhood STAR and Cultural STAR programs, to distribute the remaining sales tax proceeds.

What is Neighborhood STAR?

The Neighborhood STAR Program awards loans and grants for capital improvement projects in Saint Paul Neighborhoods, and is funded with 50 percent of the City's half- cent sales tax proceeds.

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What is Cultural STAR?

The Cultural STAR Program was created to promote economic growth in Saint Paul by strengthening the arts and cultural sector and by supporting Downtown as a vital cultural center.

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Last Edited: January 20, 2023