St. Louis City budget cuts could affect infrastructure - KMOV.com

St. Louis City budget cuts could affect infrastructure

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The City of St. Louis is expected to adopt a new budget Friday with cuts across the board.

According to the budget presented to the Board of Alderman, to bridge the gap, they are making $7.3 million in budget cuts, which affects most departments as well as 51 vacant positions.

“The cuts are widespread across, from forestry to street department to building division,” explained Todd Waelterman, the Director of Operations for the city.

Waelterman says while no departments are facing massive cuts, their effects will be felt.

“You’re going to see these infrastructure problems continue to grow. We’re doing just a job to keep our bridges open and safe,” explained Waelterman.

Frustrating news for residents like Teon Cromwell, who lives in The Ville neighborhood and has complained of several major pot holes in his neighborhood.

“As a resident I’m not pleased,” said Cromwell. “It’s been like this for six months now,” he said of a pothole on Cupples Place.

Almost all departments are seeing cuts except police and fire.

“Believe me I didn’t want to cut anywhere, but when you have to cut somewhere and you have to maintain services you have to make these hard decisions,” said Waelterman.

Waelterman says it comes down to the fact that the city is not taking in as much revenue as they have in the past. The concern for him is if we have a bad winter or another unexpected event.

“When the budget is this tight where do you get it from? That’s what happens, when you look over all the departments and you can’t scrounge any money to put out emergencies that’s where it gets hard.”

The Board of Alderman is expected to pass the budget on Friday. To read more about the budget go here

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