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-…
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 15, 2011
The Save Our Parks rally began at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the Lawrence K. Roos Government building on Central Avenue. The demonstrators sought to raise awareness about the possible closure of numerous public parks in St. Louis County.
- Nate Birt
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A rally in support of St. Louis County parks drew a large crowd Tuesday in downtown Clayton ahead of a County Council meeting. Meanwhile, participants at a smaller event staged across the street called for an ordinance prohibiting residency requirements at a county women's shelter. "Let's not let it go any farther than tonight," said Ron Coleman, executive director of Maryland Heights-based The Open Space Council, told the parks rally through a megaphone. He referred to attendees taking a stand by speaking out against the proposed closure of nearly two dozen county parks in an effort to cut costs. Participants waved signs, chanted "Save our parks" and shared their thoughts about the possible closures. Some attendees brought their dogs. Bob…