Mayor Len Pagano
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Leonard B. "Len" Pagano lives in Hanover Crossing and has been a resident for over 35 years. He was honorably discharged form both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a high school graduate and took specialty courses at both St. Charles County and Florissant Valley Community Colleges. He is retired from Unilever HPC where he worked as St. Louis Plant Warehouse Coordinator. He and his wife, Joyce, have three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mayor Pagano has served the City of St. Peters as an elected official since 1983. He was a Ward 3 Alderman from 1983-2007. In April 2007, he was elected Mayor of St. Peters to fill a vacancy. In April 2008, he was re-elected to a full, four-year term.
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Message from Mayor Pagano
Balancing the Budget
Every household has the same challenge, no matter where you live and no matter what you do for a living: You have to balance your household budget. This takes constant effort, and your budget is affected by a lot of things outside your control. If you have a pay cut, or an unexpected expense like an emergency repair, or an increase in service fees, they can all take a bite out of your budget and squeeze your pocketbook.
I know that many people faced tighter budgets over the past several years when the economy took a hit back in 2007. Our home values were hit hard, too. Property values throughout the nation dropped, including in St. Peters.
Just like you, the City of St. Peters’ government must balance its budget regardless of outside factors such as the economy. When your home values dropped, the City of St. Peters received less revenue from property taxes. State law gives taxing districts the option to increase the property tax rate in order to avoid a drop in property tax revenue. The problem is, our residents and business property owners were already suffering from the lagging economy. We’d rather give you a break than raise property tax rates. So, we did just that. The Board of Aldermen and myself have decided to keep our property taxes the same low rate of .77 per $100 assessed valuation since 2007. You may have seen an increase in your property tax rates from other taxing districts in recent years, but I’m proud to report that the City of St. Peters toed the line for you. Our residents paid us less property tax as home values dropped.
Because our property tax revenue dipped in the past few years, the City had to make some tough choices within our own budget. City staff has done a great job of proposing budget cuts for your elected officials as we work on the budget each year. We worked together to cut here and there to balance the budget while at the same time making sure that we maintained the same level of top-notch services that you’ve come to expect as a St. Peters resident.
On Aug. 14, like every other year, the Board of Aldermen will vote on a balanced budget for the City of St. Peters for the upcoming fiscal year. We still have no plans to raise the property tax rates for next year. And, even better, you’ll continue to have your solid waste collected (twice a week) at the lowest rates in the county, and your water and wastewater provided at the lowest rates in the county.
And, soon after that vote, we’ll start working on the next fiscal year’s budget to continue the tradition of great service and lower rates that you’ve enjoyed through thick and thin as a St. Peters resident.
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