ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) -- St. Louis County is looking into giving thousands of its workforce a raise, a year after it was forced to lay off more than 20 employees.
The layoffs and budget cuts saved the county around $4 million.
County council member Steve Stenger says the county can afford the raises because it’s had budget surpluses of $3 million last year, $7 million the year before and plenty in reserves. He said the county could have afforded to give raises last year.
“Those layoffs were completely unnecessary and I believe those layoffs were really to prove a political point that did not need to be proven and certainly didn’t need to be proven with the lives of those county employees who were terminated,” said Stenger.
News 4 contacted St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s office to get a response to that accusation, but all a spokesperson would say is that the layoffs were necessary based on the information from the county’s budget director.
He said it’s too early in the process to talk about possible raises.