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Plan to Curb Spending in City Treasurer’s Office Voted Down

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St. Louis Alderman Scott Ogilvie (right) calling for more oversight of spending in City Treasurer's office.

St. Louis Alderman Scott Ogilvie (right) calling for more oversight of spending in City Treasurer’s office.

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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–A proposal that aimed to put an end to travel junkets in the office of St. Louis City Treasurer was voted down today by the Board of Aldermen.

 

Alderman Scott Ogilvie believes the Treasurer’s office has been taking trips that are more pleasure than business.

 

“I don’t think there was a reasonable justification for $15,000 to travel,” Ogilvie said, “The answer was they used that to go to a conference for parking garage owners to look at technology. But I don’t see any technology in our parking garages.”

 

Ogilvie said he is also concerned the Treasurer’s office may be spending too much on legal counsel.

 

In all, his proposal would have trimmed $121, ooo from the treasurer’s $14 million budget.

 

“It’s going to have a $14 million budget this year, and it’s been probably chronically under-contributing to the city’s general revenue fund,” Ogilvie said.

 

The proposal failed by a vote of 21 to 5. Voting yes with Ogilvie were aldermen Cohn, Krewson and Wessels, and Aldermanic President Reed.

 

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