Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR)
What is the STAR Program?
The authorizing legislation states that revenues may be used to pay all or a portion of the capital expenses for expansion and remodeling of the Saint Paul RiverCenter Complex. The remainder of the funds must be spent for capital projects to further residential, cultural, commercial and economic development in both Downtown Saint Paul and Saint Paul neighborhoods. 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.