CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley admits that he made missteps over the last few months as Missouri’s largest county tried to deal with an unprecedented budget shortfall.

Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he made what he called clumsy mistakes, saying the recession is “new territory” for the county.

In August, the Democrat proposed a property tax increase then changed his mind 10 days later. He once characterized the budget shortfall as $10 million, then $5 million, then, perhaps, $1.6 million.

Then Dooley proposed closing about half the county park system. That plan was withdrawn last week.

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