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County Council majority sues Stenger

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Pictured: County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council Oct. 17, left to right: 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby and 4th District Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack. Photo

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Majority of County Council sues Stenger over auditor

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Pictured: County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council Oct. 17, left to right: 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby and 4th District Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack. Photo

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Council chair apparently getting some bad advice

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Seldom have we seen an elected official make as many monumentally bad decisions as County Council Chairman Sam Page has this year. Just consider his lame defense of county Auditor Mark Tucker, who has yet to produce any audits despite being on the “job” since March

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Council gives preliminary OK to pay hikes for county police

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Greenlighting raises for county police officers that voters already overwhelmingly approved seemed like a sure thing to sail through the County Council, but instead got mired in the political back-and-forth now synonymous with county government. The raises are the centerpiece of Proposition P, the half-cent countywide sales tax that

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Council drops bill to bolster retirement fund

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The County Council last month dropped County Executive Steve Stenger’s proposals to shore up the county retirement fund, connecting the decision to Proposition P’s potential impact on the fund as county police officers receive higher raises and then higher pensions. To design a more sustainable county retirement system, the

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County police pack council meeting; urge OK of promised raises

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Police officers packed a County Council meeting last week to urge that their promised raises under Proposition P be approved as soon as possible, but some council members want to take their time with the plan. Voters weighed in on average 30-percent raises for the St. Louis County Police

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Council seeks transparency on use of Prop P revenues

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The County Council is looking to bring more transparency and accountability to its half of the $86 million in Proposition P money slated to be collected each year. Approved by voters in April, Prop P is a half-cent countywide sales tax that was effective Oct. 1 for “police and

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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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County auditor addresses his finances, working hours

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Surrounded by questions about his qualifications since the County Council hired him earlier this year, county Auditor Mark Tucker recently spoke out for the first time as those queries grew to include his personal finances, working hours and lack of completed audits. The Call has repeatedly asked Tucker for

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