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Furloughs Possible For City Employees Again

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St. Louis City Hall (KMOX/file photo)

St. Louis City Hall (KMOX/file photo)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) –  After the decision by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment to put off a vote, St. Louis City workers are still wondering if they’ll be facing furloughs next year.

Mayor Francis Slay contends that until its pension system is reformed, the city will be facing the fiscal crisis necessary to enact the furloughs. But Aldermanic President Lewis Reed argues that you can’t declare a fiscal crisis when the city had a  $2.4 million budget surplus.

“If we just use the furloughs as a club, I think we just get ourselves in a lot of legal trouble,” Reed said.  “We give the unions and city emoployees a perfect reason to sue the city.”

The three member board is now expected to vote on the issue next month.

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