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Funding Disputes Delay Vote on St. Louis County Budget

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - A vote on the 2014 St. Louis County budget is being delayed by several disputes.

The county council was set to perfect the budget bills at Tuesday night’s meeting but issues during negotiations this week have councilors putting on the brakes.

Councilman Mike O’Mara, D-Florissant, says he wants funding for a proposed soccer facility in Creve Coeur Park.

“I’ve been working on it for three years now and have been bypassed with the money going to this program, money going to that program,” he said.

O’Mara and Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, say there should be enough money for the facility after voters passed Proposition P, a sales tax increase for parks and trails.

“It’s a project that provides the county with much-needed infrastructure and it’s infrastructure that actually returns money back to the county, actually generates revenue,” Stenger said. “So why a project like that is not given priority, I don’t personally understand.”

County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, meanwhile, is requesting about $500,000 for more prosecutors.

“His staff and department, they recoup money for St. Louis County so it’s paying for itself,” O’Mara said in support of McCulloch’s plan.

The council has until the end of the year to finalize the $623 million budget.

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