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Budget Time Poses Plenty Of Questions For St. Louis County

Michael Calhoun
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St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and councilmen Steve Stenger and Mike O'Mara during a council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and councilmen Steve Stenger and Mike O’Mara during a council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) -  Will any St. Louis parks be shut down? Will county employees get their first raise in years? Will there be name-calling and fighting again similar to the 2011 budget process?

All of these are questions that should get answered over the next several weeks.

Last year, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley proposed a property tax increase and then the closure of half of the county’s parks. In the end, several employees lost their jobs.

Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger predicts a rise in revenue.

“In my opinion the budget is the most important job of the council,” she tells KMOX News. “Reviewing and analyzing it in detail once it’s presented is something that, you know, we’ll just have to see.”

County Executive Dooley says his staff is still crunching numbers and he’s not ready to reveal any specifics about a budget proposal just yet.

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