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St. Louis Co Exec criticized after campaign donor receives county contract

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St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. Credit: KMOV St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. Credit: KMOV
CLAYTON (KMOV.com) -

The St. Louis County Council approved a deal Tuesday that would move three county offices to the site of the former Northwest Plaza.

The Workforce Development Center, a satellite county assessor office and the Board of Elections will move to the former Northwest Plaza, now called the Crossings at Northwest.

The vote was 5-1 with Councilman Mark Harder voting no, and one person being absent.

There were two concerns raised at the meeting by residents, one was moving the Board of Elections away from the center of the county, the other though was the concern that the developers of the project are campaign donors of County Executive Steve Stenger.

Stenger confirms the developers, who will essentially be the landlords of the space, are donors.

Stenger says the move will save taxpayers $10 million over 20 years. The new lease will begin at $13 per square foot. Currently, the county pays $18 a square foot. There was no RFP or bid put out because that is not required nor common practice for real estate deals.

Stenger says the fact that the developers are his friends and donors did not affect his decision. He also mentioned that one of these donors won the contract for the tablets for elections but said that it is not his jurisdiction, that’s all up to the Board of Election which is appointed by the Governor of Missouri.

The move to the new office space will take place after the November election, likely at the beginning of 2017.

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