ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says he’s “not concerned” that his NFL stadium financing package has been assigned to a committee loaded with potential blockers – the Ways and Means Committee.
Ways and Means is the committee with Alderman Antonio French and others who have told the mayor they won’t go for his stadium bill, unless he first comes up with a comprehensive crime-fighting plan.
Slay has been in talks with some aldermen to outline his existing crime plan and discuss ways to improve it.
“The crime plan is a compilation of things we’re already doing, things we’re starting to do, and we also told the aldermen when we gave them the detailed plan in writing that we’re looking for their input and the input of our mutual constituency,” Slay says.
The discussion includes requests by aldermen for more officers in their areas, Slay says. But he did not elaborate on whether he’s willing to agree to beefing up patrols in particular neighborhoods to win over opponents.
In addition to concerns about his crime plan, the Ways and Means Committee also has concerns about the financial soundness of the stadium plan.
Slay says he’s looking forward to laying out the proposal.
“There is no stadium that’s going to be built until we have a team,” Slay says, “and until the NFL and the team puts up a minimum of $450 million. There’ll be no new taxes that we’re asking the voters to support. We’re going to make sure that this is a win-win for the construction community, for the entire St. Louis community, and to keep St. Louis and NFL city.”
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