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Councilman Stenger Weighs In On Latest County Blunder

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A speaker addresses members of the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

A speaker addresses members of the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - The latest St. Louis County government goof-up is drawing fire from the county council.

Councilman Steve Stenger says for the county to have forgotten to charge $2 million in tax revenue for sewers seems to be part of a pattern.

“When you have a government that is being run by individuals who are being hired for political purpose, they don’t necessarily have the necessary competence and you have mistakes like this occur,” he said.

The Dooley administration says the mistake was disappointing but not unexpected and it will be corrected. This latest embarrassment for the county comes after the recently-hired Collector of Revenue resigned when it was discovered she herself owed back taxes.

“I think someone needs to show some leadership, step up and find out what happened here in the executive branch,” Stenger said. “Find out what happened, why it happened, and fix it so it never happens again.”

The Dooley administration says it will make up for the shortfall by collecting $2 million from property owners in 2013.

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