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Council Members Question County “Budget Crisis”

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) –  As St. Louis County Council members begin trying to figure out how to prevent the closure of dozens of County parks, the first question on many of them are asking is: “Is there even a budget crisis in the first place?”.

Council Chair Steve Stenger spoke out during Monday night’s budget hearing in Clayton.

“There’s the administration’s view, which is ‘We should close down one-half of our parks’,” Stenger pointed out.  “And there’s the council’s view, and my view, that we should absolutely under no circumstances should close down our parks.”

Stenger accuses County Executive Charlie Dooley of putting together an overly-dire budget forecast to force the Council into passing a tax increase.

He adds that not hiring people for positions which are currently open will solve the budget problem — twice-over.

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