Three cities approve settlements with AT&T

Aldermen in Crestwood, Green Park and Sunset Hills recently approved legislation accepting their cities’ expected settlements from a lawsuit against AT&T.

Crestwood is slated to receive a total of $226,052.95; Green Park, $64,394.11; and Sunset Hills, $291,487.11.

A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge gave preliminary approval in June to a settlement of $65 million in a lawsuit more than 300 Missouri cities and St. Louis County filed against the phone company in 2004 regarding unpaid telephone gross receipt taxes.

By excluding certain items, AT&T underpaid municipalities and the county on that tax, the suit alleged.

A final hearing on the case is scheduled Nov. 2. If the court gives final approval, individual cities would receive settlement checks in December.

In addition, the St. Louis County Municipal League has requested that cities receiving settlements appropriate up to 5 percent of those funds to the Municipal League to preserve the settlement from future legislative attacks, preserve the municipal tax base and more closely monitor municipal taxpayers to ensure appropriate calculations are used.

Crestwood aldermen agreed to appropriate $3,000 of its settlement to the Municipal League.

Green Park’s appropriation is to be determined while Sunset Hills does not have plans to set aside an appropriation.