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Majority of council members remain at odds with Stenger

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A majority of the County Council is accusing County Executive Steve Stenger of using intimidation and threats to get his way, but Stenger dismissed the claims as “election-year ankle-biting.” The allegations leveled by the council span St. Louis County: In south county, 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, contends

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2017 offered no shortage of Most Misguided Quotes

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The past year certainly was a wild ride for candidates for the Call’s Most Misguided Quotes of the Year. As usual, we have more quotes than space for our annual column in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the year. We

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Page re-elected County Council chair

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The County Council voted unanimously last week to re-elect Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, to lead the body for another year in a break with typical council protocol that the chairmanship rotates among the members of the majority party. That has usually meant that the council’s Democrats all get

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Top 10 Stories of 2018: Hilmer’s election to third six-year term on MFPD Board of Directors top story

News analysis By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Politics dominated the past year, both locally and nationally. Locally, we saw a divisive election last April for a seat on the Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors that ultimately led to new leadership for the firefighters’ union and a pledge from the union to work

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Council moves to slash $31 million from Stenger’s 2018 budget

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Update: The County Council granted final approval to the 2018 budget with the $31 million in slashed spending at its meeting Dec. 19. The County Council took steps last week to slash $31 million from County Executive Steve Stenger’s proposed $696 million 2018 budget, although the move has more

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County Council weighs 2018 budget, rejects delaying police precincts

Pictured above: County Executive Steve Stenger announces higher police salaries June 22 along with St. Louis County Fraternal Order of Police President Joe Patterson, left, and police Chief Jon Belmar. By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Council members considered and rejected delaying two new police precincts promised under Proposition P so that they could

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Cuts required, but county not in a fiscal crisis, Stenger says

St. Louis County will have to downsize in the future to maintain a balanced budget, but County Executive Steve Stenger said last week that the county’s fiscal condition is not the “financial crisis” that some County Council members are contending. Council members cite a single paragraph on page 34 of the 362-page, $696 million 2018

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Unlikely alliance continues to support county auditor

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com In an unlikely alliance, 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, has joined three council Democrats in suing County Executive Steve Stenger over staffing the county auditor’s office. Trakas joined council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, and 4th District

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Stenger, Page differ over quality of Tucker’s first report

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Auditor Mark Tucker issued his first written report since he took office in March, but the county executive and council chairman disagree on the quality of the work and its use for trying to improve county government operations. Tucker released what he termed a MetroLink study in October.

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