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Sunset Hills officials clear about Court Drive’s future

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We applaud the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen for voting unanimously last week to reject a proposal for commercial development on Court Drive. City officials have been steadfast in their actions to ensure the Court Drive and West Watson Road area remains residential — despite the

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Operating tax rate drops in Lindbergh

The Lindbergh Board of Education recently voted unanimously to set the district’s 2017 blended operating tax rate at $3.4431 per $100 of assessed valuation, a decrease of 23 cents. The district’s 2017 debt service tax rate was established at 79 cents, an increase of 1.7 cents compared to last year. The blended rate is used

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UPDATED: Crestwood aldermen grant 60-day extension for mall demolition

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen adopted an ordinance granting a 60-day demolition extension to the developer of the former Crestwood Plaza site at Watson and Sappington roads. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the ordinance amending a redevelopment agreement between developer UrbanStreet Group of Chicago and the city to provide for

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Have a look at these gems for Most Misguided Quotes

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The hits keep coming, as the third quarter of the year offered an abundance of candidates for the Call’s Most Misguided Quotes in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the year. County Auditor Mark Tucker recently told another publication that he has to work

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Full amount of 45-cent tax hike levied by Crestwood aldermen

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Despite a projected general fund deficit of nearly $855,000, the city of Crestwood will end 2017 with a surplus in that fund after aldermen voted last week to levy the full amount of a 45-cent tax-rate increase approved by voters in April. The Board of Aldermen voted 6-2 Sept.

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MFPD board sets 2017 tax rate; lowest in county for 12th year

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to establish a 2017 blended tax rate of 68.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation — the lowest in St. Louis County for the 12th consecutive year. The 2017 blended tax rate is 2.9 cents less than

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MFPD a prime example of doing more with less

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com More than eight years ago, naysayers had all kinds of gloom-and-doom predictions for the future of the Mehlville Fire Protection District when the Board of Directors placed two measures on the ballot to reduce the district’s tax rate by 40 cents. In fact, a lawsuit was

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No tenants lined up as Crestwood mall demolition nears completion

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com As the demolition of the former Crestwood Plaza nears completion, city officials report that developer UrbanStreet Group of Chicago still has not identified any potential tenants for the redevelopment project. Under the terms of a redevelopment agreement between the city and UrbanStreet, the developer is required to complete demolition

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Stenger’s call to terminate auditor right on the money

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger earlier this month called upon the County Council to fire county Auditor Mark Tucker, who began his duties March 6. In a Sept. 5 letter to County Council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, Stenger questioned Tucker’s qualifications to serve as auditor, writing,

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