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Little Disagreement Thus Far From Council Members on County Budget

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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) - There were no major disagreements last night from the St. Louis County Council over County Executive Charlie Dooley’s $632 million budget proposal.

The first draft came out last week but council members, including Council Chair Kathleen Burkett, D-Overland, say so far, so good.

“Well, actually, I haven’t really gone through it yet, line-by-line. We do that first part of December with all of the department heads, that’s when we go line-by-line on the budget,” she said.

Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, says he has looked over the budget briefly and nothing stands out.

“I think it’s similar in a lot of ways to what was done last year,” he said.

Quinn said he is sure there will be some small changes but doesn’t expect any drastic cuts.

Under Dooley’s proposal, county employees will see a three percent raise in their pay and no departments are seeing cuts.

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 first public meeting on the budget will be on November 19. The council has until the end of the year to finalize the budget.

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