CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) –  As St. Louis County Council members begin trying to figure out how to prevent the closure of dozens of County parks, the first question on many of them are asking is: “Is there even a budget crisis in the first place?”.

Council Chair Steve Stenger spoke out during Monday night’s budget hearing in Clayton.

“There’s the administration’s view, which is ‘We should close down one-half of our parks’,” Stenger pointed out.  “And there’s the council’s view, and my view, that we should absolutely under no circumstances should close down our parks.”

Stenger accuses County Executive Charlie Dooley of putting together an overly-dire budget forecast to force the Council into passing a tax increase.

He adds that not hiring people for positions which are currently open will solve the budget problem — twice-over.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (3)
  1. Ed Golterman says:

    There was good give and take as budget development goes but the task is bigger than 2012 budget. There is no economic recovery. We wait t and hope t but it is not happening here. The County is going to have to re-discover and re-route some big piles of money, most of which are in the City.

  2. Ed Golterman says:

    How many Brown Shoe outlets, of the 145 closing, are in St. Louis County. Get the figure for the lost sales tax revenue. Don’t predict an increase in sales tax revenue for 2012. It is not going to happen.

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