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NGA relocation estimated to cost millions in state, city tax dollars

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The current NGA facility. (Credit: KMOV) The current NGA facility. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from South City into north St. Louis will cost taxpayers millions.  

St. Louis’ plan to move the NGA will cost $131 million in city and state tax dollars. The money will go towards paying for the site proposal, construction and relocation of homeowners.

Each year the city plans to collect $2.6 million in earnings tax from NGA employees, meaning it will take about 50 years for the money generated in earnings tax to add up to the total price tag.

For the development, 53 homeowners will be moved out of the area and, in some cases, entire buildings will be moved to a new location.

Alderman Antonio French has criticized some details of the plan by stating the cost and impact on homeowners might not be worth be the benefits, but others argue the plan will create new jobs, spark new development and boost morale in a struggling area.

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