Furloughs Possible For City Employees Again

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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One Comment

  1. Ed Golterman says:

    Not necessary: The City ‘gives up’ $20 million or more a year in ticket tax revenue people pay to attend sporting events, shows, and concerts. You might be surprised what you can accomplish if you fight. Go get the money. Also get a cut of the Peabody naming money.The Kiel name has been sold twice in that block and the people have not received a dime. Quickly is a relative term. Block me out if you like, but dont time my comments.

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