St. Louis County officials brace for budget cuts or tax hikes

An official from the St. Louis County executive’s office suggested this week that the county will likely need to cut jobs or raise taxes in the face of a looming budget crunch.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has proposed a $619 million budget, up 6.6 percent from the budget adopted last year.

On Tuesday, Glenn Powers, Stenger’s chief of operations, called it “pretty obvious” that the county would have to eliminate positions or raise revenue.

In an October presentation obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stenger’s staff raised the possibility of targeted budget cuts and increased property taxes.

However, in a statement, Bill Miller, Stenger’s chief of staff, said the county “can operate well with the recommended budget in 2019.”

The county’s budget is feeling some stress due to requested pay increases from employee groups. A sales tax approved in 2017 increased pay for public safety workers, but other county employees are now seeking raises.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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