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St. Louis County Budget Proposal: Employee Raises, No Cuts

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A graph shows the St. Louis County budget over the past two decades.

A graph shows the St. Louis County budget over the past two decades.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - The St. Louis County Executive’s recommendation for next year’s budget is out and it includes more money for employees.

2013 was the first time in five years that county employees received a raise. It was two percent and merit-based. In 2014, County Executive Charlie Dooley says the raise will be three percent and no departments are seeing cuts.

“There will be some infrastructure improvements and facility improvements. There is no money being cut from the parks budget,” Dooley announced Thursday.

In fact, the St. Louis County Parks Department will see over $6 million in new revenue after the passage of Proposition P. Dooley says there will be about 73 new positions open within the department, many of them part-time positions to staff the new water parks and pools in South County and North County.

“There’s a lot of opportunities in the parks that we are going to address that we could not address in the past so we’re going to do those things, get those employees back in place, and get the facilities back on board,” Dooley said.

The employee raises will cost the county $6.7 million. Dooley is also requesting money for more public defenders and jail employees because, he says, the amount of time people are spending in county jails has increased 20 percent in the last two years.

The St. Louis County Council has a copy of the budget and will have its first opportunity to vote on it next Tuesday. The budget proposal can be read and searched online at fiscalfocus.stlouisco.com.

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