Mayor's new budget slashes jobs, adds new fees for residents - KMOV.com

Mayor's new budget slashes jobs, adds new fees for residents

(KMOV) -- The Mayor's new budget has cuts all around for the city of St. Louis.

The new budget must be approved by the Board of Aldermen by July. If approved, more than 70 city employees will lose their jobs.

The mayor presented his budget to the Board of Estimate, and says this is the toughest budget he's ever had to work on. The $932 million spending plan has $20 million in cuts and more than $14 million in new fees.

Among those new fees is an $8/month charge for trash pick-up. It is projected to raise $10 million for the city. This is the first time the city will charge for that service.

The St. Louis Police Department is also dealing with a budget shortfall. Commissioners approved a plan on Wednesday that included furloughs for civilian employees. Commissioned officers' salaries will be frozen for a year; that freeze will not affect probationary officers.

 

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