Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Pay increases are being discussed by officials during St. Louis County's budgeting process this year. It would mark the first time in four years that employees were given raises.
Raises for St. Louis County employees are being discussed by officials during this year's budgeting process. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) It would be the first raise county employees received in four years. “We’re in the first third of the budget process and talking about all of the different options here,” said Mac Scott, spokesperson for County Executive Charlie Dooley. He added that a raise isn't certain yet. “We got some things (last year) that were better than we thought they’d be,” he said. Councilman Steve Stenger (D-South County) reinforced the possibility during a South County Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday. “The St. Louis County police are the best in the area, but we …
Monday, August 20, 2012
A spokesperson for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said a projected shortfall in the parks department may not be a reality.
Calls for a tax increase to pay for St. Louis County parks because of a funding shortfall could be sounding the alarm too early. That’s according to one official in County Executive Charlie Dooley’s office who asserts that a $500,000 budget shortfall might not actually exist. “That’s a nice number, I don’t know if it’s based on any kind of reality,” spokesperson Mac Scott said. “We’re unaware of that kind of a problem as this point.” The parks department created a business plan based on 2013 budget projections from the county executive’s office. Those projections included zero funding from the county’s general fund and a $7.4 million decrease in the budget over two years. The business plan looked at alternate revenue sources and cost-…
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Families and dogs, runners, bicyclists, rollerbladers and proud government and traffic officials all enjoyed the completion of this major road project.
Thousands of walkers, runners, bicyclists and rollerbladers came out on a hot, sunny Saturday morning to celebrate the opening of the Route 141 and Page-Olive Connector with traffic-free access to the road. The day, 30-plus years in the making, started with a “Run to Get It Done” 10-kilometer run and walk at 7:30 a.m., followed by open access to approximately three miles of north and south Missouri Route 141 between Parkway Central High School to the south and Interstate 364 to the north. “We’ve been watching it for years,” Kathleen Hall of Chesterfield said as she and her husband Steve Hall took a break from bicycling 141. “We couldn’t wait, couldn’t wait, couldn’t wait. We’re excited about it.” There was also a grand opening ceremony …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center hosted a panel Tuesday ahead of the release of a St. Louis Economic Council report on the issue.
The St. Louis County Economic Council is putting the focus on the connection between immigration and innovation in 2012. Tuesday, the agency hosted a panel discussion at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur ahead of the release of a report on what immigration means for the economic future of the St. Louis region. The Danforth Center itself was a fitting venue for the event, as the facility boasts of having scientists from more than 20 countries on the site. As you'll see in our Storify coverage curated on this page, panelists argued for getting past divisive debates that tend to surround immigration and focus on bringing new people and new energy to the region. Part of that is letting go of the age-old "where did you go…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
After a tumultuous two-month period that included threats of park shutdowns, protests and the possible closing of a West County satellite office, council members sign off on a $357 million budget.
The St. Louis County Council has approved a $357 million budget that spares county parks and averts the shutdown of a satellite office in West County. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the budget plan will include cuts in staff through layoffs and through allowing vacant positions to remain unfilled — including 10 positions in the county police department. The Post says those positions do not include patrol officers. The cuts could involve as many as 50 employees. “That won’t be decided until January, where we’re at with those positions,” councilman Mike O’Mara, D-Florissant, told KMOX. The biggest hit is likely to come from the parks department; while no parks will be closed, the department budget is down from $26 million to $22.6 …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
St. Louis County faces a year-end deadline to pass a 2012 budget.
The St. Louis County Council believes the recommended budget could be more accurately estimated to close a $26 million shortfall originally projected for 2012. “We just feel with the history the way the budget is estimated that we can get through this and we’re going to have a sound, balanced budget next year,” said District 4 County Councilman Mike O’Mara. “We just think the estimates will come in in our favor to help out next year’s budget." O’Mara said he thought the budget could be balanced through attrition without largely affecting any department— by holding back on positions that are funded and not filling them. The county’s Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls and his department created the forecast that generates figures for the …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The change of course appears to have cooled tensions between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the County Council.
A schism between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the St. Louis County Council appears to have been averted. Roughly two weeks after the Democratic county executive appeared ready to increase property taxes in order provide raises for county employees and avoid layoffs, Dooley indicated that he had put the kibosh on the proposal. “I think that’s off the table for right now,” Dooley said during his report to the council. It happened during the council's Tuesday meeting at the Lawrence K. Roos Government Building in Clayton. The proposal to raise property taxes by 2.3 cents sparked an antagonistic reaction from council members, including Democrats such as County Council President Steve Stenger (D-Unincorporated St. …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
As U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan continues to be questioned about his political future, the political landscape is littered with pitfalls.
No matter the forum or topic at hand, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan’s political future seems to follow him around. Whether it’s a conference call about the payroll tax policy, an exposition about his time in Iraq, an event with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, aimed at bolstering American-based products or a town hall forum at an Oakville nursing home, this summer, Carnahan continuously has been peppered with questions about his electoral future. The questions keep coming because Carnahan, D-St. Louis, was effectively the odd man out in the redistricting process. His congressional turf was chopped up and distributed to other federal lawmakers, leaving Carnahan with relatively limited options. Those include: Carnahan basically took …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Taking stock after a wild week for financial markets.
Patch is pleased to partner with Brian R. Hook, editor and investigative reporter for Missouri Watchdog, a news website dedicated to investigative journalism about local, state and federal government across Missouri. We've invited Hook to contribute a weekly column that describes what he's watching and why it's important for Missouri taxpayers. Let’s all take a collective deep breath. While the worldwide financial markets are gyrating like mad following the downgrade of the U.S.’s long-term credit rating from AAA to AA+ last week on Friday by Standard & Poor’s, the world has not come to an end. After my wife made a crack about me being out on a ledge, I was planning on ranting and raving less this week. Some statements made by politicians …
Friday, July 29, 2011
The July 29 PatchCast--the last one of the month--includes varied news headlines from across St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Check it out and tell us what piece of news you enjoyed reading this week, even if it isn't on the list.
July 29 PatchCast headlines for St. Louis and St. Charles counties: