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Stenger Says Additional $30M for Courthouse Renovation Raises Red Flags

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — Yesterday KMOX told you that St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley wants another $30 million for a courthouse renovation that voters already approved $100 million for last year.

Now County Council members say they want answers.

South County Councilman Steve Stenger told KMOX that make no mistake, he wants a new family courthouse and he wants the main courthouse to be renovated, but he says the extra 30 million dollars raises some red flags.

“This isn’t a 30,000 dollar cost overrun, this isn’t even a 1-million dollar cost overrun, this is 30-million dollars” Stenger said. Adding “When you see that, at the same time you see a 10,000 dollar campaign contribution. That just raises a lot of questions.”

Stenger says he won’t go so far as to say he’ll vote against the request, but he says he does think its fishy that Alberici Construction, one of three construction companies bidding for the project, made a campaign contribution just before the funding request came to the council.

Contracting bids for the project are due in June.

County’s Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls said this week that the courthouse project has been in the planning stages for the last 14 years.

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