ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis’s City budget, about a million dollars larger than the last fiscal year, was passed by a committee of St. Louis Aldermen. Alderman Steve Conway says the biggest change is the $300,000 added for a new civilian board that will examine allegations of police wrongdoing, but does not include more police officers.
The $1.1 Billion budget that includes the general fund, St. Louis Lambert Airport and the water division now moves on to the full Board of Aldermen.
Conway says in almost every category the budget is exactly the same, besides the new civilian board. He added that there is one thing he would like to have changed.
“I wish we had a skinnier general revenue obligation bond,” Conway says. “Just exclusively for police, bridges, roads and fire protection. Sometimes you have to take the bad with the good.”
The plan now moves onto the full board of alderman for more debate. The next scheduled full board meetings are scheduled for tonight and June 26.
The aldermen says the city’s fiscal health is better than it was during the Great Recession, but still not great. The new fiscal year begins in July.
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