Council member Ward 1
Working for a City that delivers first class city services

Preserving U City Values

(Payment In Lieu Of Taxes)

The U-City Washington University Advisory Committee has assembled data on how much
revenue is lost to University City because of the university's tax exempt status.  

They have also collected data on PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) programs in other cities.

A more detailed report is forthcoming; however, some of the data is interesting.

1. While none of the Washington University campus is in University City, WUSTL
owns tax exempt property in University City valued at about $120 milli

2. If this property was taxed, it would produce the following estimated revenue:
U City Library tax $60,000
U City Schools $1.2 million
U City sewer tax $16,000
City of U City $160,000 - $180,000
Business district taxes $80,000
Total  - about $1.5 million

3. PILOT programs in other cities generate 3% to 11% of the revenue that
would be received from fully taxable property.

4. Washington University currently pays about $125,000 per year in voluntary
payments or about 8.1% of the full tax amount.
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In past decades with regularly rising revenues, it was relatively easy to agree to citizen requests for more
spending and employee requests for more pay.  Disagreements were minor and meetings were short.  
Today with flat revenue and a shrinking population, U City faces many difficult decisions.

Dysfunctional cities have cordial council meetings and raise money through predatory traffic tickets.  While
U City Council relations can be contentious, the Council has been able to make the difficult decisions.   And
the decisions really are difficult.  Almost every issue has compelling arguments on either side and I admit
that I have no monopoly on the truth.  My job is to listen to the arguments, explain my views and vote my

I ran for Council in 2010 because Council was unable to make the difficult decisions.  U City faced large
projected budget deficits, two failed tax increases and the then City manager wanted extensive service cuts
including turning off the street lights.  With new direction since 2010, departments have been consolidated,
administrators with 6 figure salaries are gone and U City operates more efficiently.  U City has even been
able to afford additional police officers.  

Significant challenges remain, including an aging infrastructure and a significantly underfunded pension
                             Firefighter work hours and safety

1.U City firefighters and paramedics work 48 hour shifts

2. Gateway employees work 12.5 hour shifts

3.  The data suggests that EMS workers on 48 hour shifts are often in a chronic fatigue state leading to more
medical errors and more injuries on the job.  
This quote is from the National Highway Traffic Safety  
Administration Website, (see below)

"A number of recently published scientific articles have demonstrated that not only is severe
fatigue present in 50% of EMS providers surveyed but drowsy or fatigued providers are
substantially more likely to be injured on the job, commit a medical error, or perform a
safety-compromising behavior."
                             Questions about out sourcing EMS

1. Will any firefighters lose their jobs? - No

2. Will U City citizens pay more for Gateway services?  -  No
- Gateway charges are similar to U City charges.
- For patients with Medicare or Medicaid, payments are set by law (and charges are irrelevant)
- For those with insurance, U City accepts the insurance company rates.  Gateway has the same policy.
- As with all ambulance service, many U City residents do not pay their bill; Gateway understands the

3.  What about mutual aid agreements with other municipalities?
 Mutual aid agreements are established by management.  All  mutual aid agreements are unchanged.