ST. CHARLES (KMOX) – Twelve-year Mayor Patti York faces a stiff challenge from State Representative Sally Faith in next month’s election.
Faith is term-limited out of her statehouse seat and says there needs to be some change in St. Charles. She’s hammered on a buy-out of the city’s former finance director.
“The city CFO was allowed to quit, and was paid $237,000, which includes legal fees and her COBRA benefits. That’s taxpayer dollars,” Faith said on KMOX’s Mark Reardon Show.
“We had a contract. This is a contract that went back to before I was here, and the Council voted unanimously and said ‘this is a contract that we have to honor,'” was York’s response, adding that she can’t about talk specifics because of confidentiality.
Faith also is disapproving of a recent salary increase given to the Mayor, given other cuts made to the budget. That raise, York said, was decided upon by the City Council and is appropraite for a person in charge of a “98 million dollar budget.”
York touted an 18-percent decrease in the property taxes during her tenure, and said Faith is wrong in her allegation that York tried to raise taxes.
The election on April 5th is a run-off.
In the original match-up, with four candidates, incumbent Mayor Patti York drew 41-percent, to challenger Sally Faith’s 51.