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Dissenting Homeowners File Another Lawsuit Against the Downtown Tax District, Plan More to Undermine CID Governance | Politics

The downtown St. Louis, Missouri skyline is seen on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Photo by Robert Cohen, [email protected]

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ST. LOUIS – A group of dissident homeowners have filed yet another lawsuit in an ongoing legal and public relations battle with the downtown special tax district which pays for cleaning, security and other services in the entertainment center and employment.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, seeks a court order returning approximately $ 5 million in funds held by the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District to neighborhood owners. It is the group’s latest attempt to blow up the existing downtown CID due to what critics say were years of ineffective leadership and an inability to tackle issues such as crime.

And this is not the last complaint that the leaders of the group say they want to file.

“This is just the first to come out of the box,” said Matt O’Leary, owner and resident of a downtown condo and plaintiff in the lawsuit.

He and others disappointed with the CID say downtown interests should start over with a new group and a new CID with different governance. Planning is underway to ensure a “seamless” transition so that downtown services such as cleaning are not affected if complainants win, O’Leary said.

Other plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit include the owners of the Embassy Suites and Laurel apartments on Washington Avenue – developed by downtown CID critic Amos Harris – as well as the owner of the office building at 500 North Broadway and the owner of the Last Hotel. They are represented by lawyers Elkin and Bill Kistner, who often handle cases involving local government. The CID is represented by real estate attorneys from the large law firm Husch Blackwell.