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Firefighters Decry City’s Help for Ballpark Village

Brian Kelly
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX)-More sparks are flying between St. Louis firefighters and City Hall, this time over Ballpark Village.

Firefighters Union President Chris Molitor tells KMOX’s Charlie Brennan that it’s very disappointing that the city is helping the Cardinals build Ballpark Village, while complaining about its pension obligations in negotiations with firefighters, “It’s pretty concerning when we see the city giving money away to billionaires again, when it’s the little guy, the city workers, who are being asked to take a brunt of the budget cuts.”

Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford stresses that no general revenue, no money from the fire department or the police department or out of the earnings tax going into Ballpark Village.

He says that  the tax incentives being used will pay off in the end, “When they build it, it will start generating tax dollars. By the way, tax dollars that will go into the fire department, the police department and for other services.”

Rainford says the fire department’s budget has grown by 47% in the last decade, the most of any city department.

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