St. Louis City Budget Crisis; What To Save, What To Cut

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO - From potholes to police and fire departments to even trash pickup, these are all things that could be cut or scaled back on in the City of St. Full Story
cityliver

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Mar 23, 2010
Cut from the TOP positions,,,all those made-up positions to pacify political cronies...
there are many high paid unnecessary 'supervisors , managers, assistants and aides' on the city payrolll now...
Truth for Sure

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Mar 23, 2010
The CITY NEEDS TO LOOK AT CUTTING THE MAYOR'S AND THE ALDERMAN AND ALDERWOMAN'S ""PAY"". How IS IT THE CITY Can PAY FOR THE MAYOR'S MASQUERADE BALL IN A TIME WHEN THE BUDGET IS SO SHORT? HOW CAN THE CITY PAY FOR PARADES AND INCREASES FOR THE MAYOR AND THE ALDERMAN AND ALDERWOMAN?
Why DOES MY SPOUSE WHO WORKS FOR THE CITY HAVE TO FACE A POSSIBLE LAYOFF BECAUSE $100,000,000.00 FROM THE CAMERA STOPLIGHT TICKET DEPARTMENT CAME UP MISSING. WHERE'S THE MONEY? WHAT HAPPENED TO IT? 100 MILLION DOLLARS DOES NOT JUST WALK AWAY; HALF THAT AMOUNT WOULD HAVE BALANCED THE BUDGET. WHERE IS IT???
STOP WASTING THE TAX PAYERS MONEY AND BALANCE THE CITY BUDGET, SO CITY WORKERS DO NOT HAVE TO BE LAID OFF FOR AN UNCERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, CAUSING INCREASED STRESS FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Ed Golterman

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Mar 23, 2010
Sorry...they dont get it. Grow more gross revenue.

Reopen Kiel as quickly as possible, pair it on the same
web page with a 100-nights MUNY and you recover $500 million
a year in gross revenue-created by our biggest and best places
for entertainment. You recover the travel business.
This is what killing Kiel and MUNY has cost St. Louis.
Between $400 million and $500 million a year in gross revenue.

Secondly collect the entertainment tax to Cardinals games,
the Fox, special attractions...collect it all.

Third, throw all lobbyists out of city hall. All of them.

And there is no budget crisis. When you mentality is
cut...you cant solve the budget crisis. When your mentality is-
grow. You will solve the budget crisis.

This has been coming for two decades. Should be no surprise
Ed Golterman

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Mar 23, 2010
Consolidate the failed RCGA, the failed SLCVC,
the failed Downtown Now, the failed Economic
Development council down to about 10 people, ten talented people and and start going to work.
wantanswers

Saint Charles, MO

#5 Mar 23, 2010
Why do residences of the City of St. Louis not have to pay for trash or water consumption? Who pays for that? Every place Iíve ever lived you pay for trash, water, sewer etc? I work in the City have to pay the 1% tax for what?
TBOY

Florissant, MO

#6 Mar 23, 2010
due like every other state is doing
no more raises to city employees (3 year hold)
trash pick-up once a week (people need to recycle)
stop all crazy spending
no new hirings (2 year hold)

please, DO NOT LAY OFF PEOPLE
Sandy 1 of many Rush fans

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Mar 23, 2010
We have to pay for our trash pick up in the county. Why is the city getting a free pass for this?
bdenn

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jul 20, 2010
Ed Golterman wrote:
Sorry...they dont get it. Grow more gross revenue.
Reopen Kiel as quickly as possible, pair it on the same
web page with a 100-nights MUNY and you recover $500 million
a year in gross revenue-created by our biggest and best places
for entertainment. You recover the travel business.
This is what killing Kiel and MUNY has cost St. Louis.
Between $400 million and $500 million a year in gross revenue.
Secondly collect the entertainment tax to Cardinals games,
the Fox, special attractions...collect it all.
Third, throw all lobbyists out of city hall. All of them.
And there is no budget crisis. When you mentality is
cut...you cant solve the budget crisis. When your mentality is-
grow. You will solve the budget crisis.
This has been coming for two decades. Should be no surprise
Not refuting any information but where do those numbers come from $500 million a year just from the MUNY and the Opera House?
That would be great it just sounds like an unrealistic number. And the city Entertainment tax seems to drive a lot of events towards other venues, outside of city limits and in some case to other states all together.

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