Ehlmann Gives Elected Officials an F in Economic Development

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — It was a simple question to the St. Charles County Executive, Steve Ehlmann who gave an unexpected answer.

KMOX’s Charles Brennan had questioned Ehlmann about the proposed 9.6 million dollar tax subsidy for a Schnucks development.

Charlie Brennan: How would grade elected officials in this area when it comes to economic development? Would you give them an A,B,C,D,or F.

Steve Ehlmann: An F.

Ehlmann says it’s backwards to give the smallest political subdivision — a city, the power to direct funding to schools, libraries and ambulance districts.

“It may make sense for one city to give a subsidy to get that store to move from its neighboring city, but it doesn’t help the region,” Ehlmann said.

Ehlmann says he does not support the TIFF but does support the project because the St Charles post office would move in allowing it’s current location to be used for expansion by St. Josephy Health Center.

Listen to Charlie Brennan’s full interview with Steve Ehlmann below

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