ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Where the candidates for county executive live has become an issue in the race, after incumbent Charlie Dooley –when asked his opinion of challenger Steve Stenger — remarked, “I know where I live.”
Dooley’s cryptic comment made earlier this week after he filed for re-election brought up an old question that has hounded Stenger since he ran for the County Council in 2008 — does he live at a home he owns in south county or at a separate home he owns in Clayton?
Inviting a KMOX reporter into their property on Rambler, a one-story, brick gingerbread home, Stenger and his pregnant wife Allison led a tour past their nursery room, their stocked refrigerator and a vase on a table with wilting Valentine roses.
Public records show Stenger has paid taxes on the home on Rambler since 2007. The county assessor values the home at $116,000 and Stenger paid property taxes last year of $2,106.
“I have lived here since 2007,” Stenger said, “and my wife moved in shortly after we got married in 2009, but I’ve lived here since 2007. ”
Public records also show Stenger owns a home just north of downtown Clayton, a one-and-a-half story Cape Cod at 336 North Forsythe. The county assessor values that home at $374,200, and Stenger paid property taxes last year of $5,455.
Stenger denies he spends time at the Clayton home or has lived in it since he moved to South County.
“We live here full time,” Stenger said, “as you can see from our clothes and our toothbrushes and all the other features of your life that are in this home. ”
A KMOX reporter rang the door bell of the Forsythe home and asked a man who came to the door if Steve Stenger lives there.
“Stenger doesn’t live here,” the man said, “I rent it from him.” The renter declined to answer further questions and closed the door.
Meanwhile, as Dooley noted in his interview, he has lived at 4408 Matthew in north county.
“I have lived there for 40 years,” Dooley said.
A KMOX reporter rang the door bell and woman inside, speaking through a closed door, confirmed that Dooley lives there.
Public records show Dooley’s one-story brick home is valued at $40,400 with Dooley paying property taxes last year totalling $1,010.
By contrast, Stenger is paying a combined St. Louis County property tax bill on his two homes of $7,561.
Stenger also says he owns a rental property with several people in St. Charles County. But he insists he has not lived there, either.
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