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New year begins with executive order from Stenger cutting council’s budget

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, 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 by Gloria Lloyd.

January 9, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger issued an executive order last week slashing the County Council budget, which council members had increased last month while cutting every other county department’s 2018 spending. Coming just hours before the f...

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

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, 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 by Gloria Lloyd.

December 19, 2017

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...

County Council weighs 2018 budget, rejects delaying police precincts

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.

November 29, 2017

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 give higher raises to employees. That is one of several juggling acts they are weighing for the $696 million county...

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

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, 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 by Gloria Lloyd.

November 21, 2017

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...

Unlikely alliance continues to support county auditor

Unlikely alliance continues to support county auditor

November 16, 2017

"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...

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

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, 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 by Gloria Lloyd.

November 9, 2017

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. T...

County Council votes 6-0 to approve Proposition P raises for county police

Officers and sergeants from the St. Louis County Police Department applaud as fellow officer and union representative Derek Machens calls for raises at an Oct. 12, 2017, hearing at the County Council. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

November 7, 2017

The County Council voted last week to grant final approval to Proposition P raises for police officers, after weeks of contentious meetings in which officers came to meeting after meeting to ask for the raises that voters approved earlier this year. But that was all a misunderstanding be-cause of a...

County Council majority sues Stenger

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, 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 by Gloria Lloyd.

November 7, 2017

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 Cou...

Majority of County Council sues Stenger over auditor

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, 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 by Gloria Lloyd.

October 30, 2017

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 Cou...

Council chair apparently getting some bad advice

Council chair apparently getting some bad advice

October 26, 2017

"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 b...

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