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Jefferson Barracks gets its first memorial for Vietnam veterans in a 2019 milestone

Pictured above: County Executive Sam Page, right, and County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas, middle, speak with Terry Aubrey, president of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, at the Oct. 3 dedication. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com In a milestone for Jefferson Barracks, the first memorial to those who fought and

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Mehlville fire district has the lowest tax rate of any county fire district for 14th year in a row

Pictured above: Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors Treasurer Bonnie Stegman speaks during a meeting in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville Fire Protection District has the lowest tax rate of any fire district in St. Louis County for the 14th year in a row.

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Mehlville rolls back tax rate; home values up 12 percent

Pictured above: Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto and CFO Marshall Crutcher discuss the 2020 budget during a meeting June 5, 2019 at Mehlville High School. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville Board of Education unanimously voted to roll back the district’s blended tax rate 35 cents

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Crestwood 2020 budget includes funding for City Hall, Aquatic Center, quarry upgrade

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Crestwood Board of Aldermen unanimously approved and adopted the city’s 2020 budget at the Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 26, including plans to upgrade City Hall, the Crestwood Aquatic Center and the Whitecliff Park quarry. As proposed, the budget projects total revenues of $13.81 million and total expenditures

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City urges residents to shop local this season

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Crestwood Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution last month that urges residents to shop local in Crestwood during the holiday season. At the Nov. 26 meeting, four days before Small Business Saturday Nov. 30, aldermen unanimously approved a resolution that states “local businesses depend on consumer support

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Charter plan would create minimum police standards

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Minimum police standards are one step closer to being enshrined in the St. Louis County Charter after the county Charter Commission voted last week to advance the county’s first police requirements. The commission voted to move forward with drafting a proposal that would add minimum police standards to the

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Sunset Hills city budget challenged as sales go online

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Sunset Hills saw a $4.5 million increase in taxable sales from 2017 to 2018, but the city is still facing challenges from a loss of brick-and-mortar stores and an increase in internet sales. City Administrator Eric Sterman said in his budget presentation to the aldermen Nov. 12 that Sunset

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