Wednesday Budget Hearing: 26 Staff To Be Cut From Neighborhood Stabilization

Budget9-11 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but no public testimony)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda – Notice fails to give Agenda (as of 11 pm Tuesday)


Agenda- as listed on last page of last Thursday’s Calendar Letter to Board of Aldermen-

9:00 am Board of Public Service Budget

BPS has a $642,106 increase for equipment services. There’s also $5.3 Million in lease purchases of vehicles. One of the things that went very wrong during the Schoemehl Administration’s fiscal crisis was lease purchase agreements with balloon payments. We really had financial problems when those came due.

Facilities Management, the city employees who maintain city buildings, is losing 4 employees. Housekeeping, the employees who clean toilets and floors, dump out trash, losing 1 employee. The carpenters/painters crew for city buildings is being cut by 1 employee. The Facilities Management crew at Police Department was moved to Facilities Management budget and they are losing 2 employees.

10:00 am Public Safety Budget

The Director’s office gets $100,000 more for contractual services.

Fire Dept has 20 positions funded by FEMA grant that ends in October and they have to be added General Revenue expenses afterward.

Building Division- Housing Conservation is adding 1 employee. 2019 will be the first fiscal year for the vacant building registration fee expected to generate $0.5 Million. Lead Abatement program has a $300,000 in contractual services.

Neighborhood Stabilization Office- decrease of 13 employees. Neighborhood Stabilization Team- decrease of 13 employees. 

During the Budget process, the Board of Aldermen can only decrease a line item, cannot increase a line item. Increasing budget items is up to Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President).

Members of Ways & Means Committee (per City website, which has proven to be inaccurate in these matters) include: Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday Budget Hearing On Public Safety Cuts

budget2018_AOP_cover-page-001St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Leisure Room, City Hall, 1200 Market

Open to the Public but the public opportunity to testify was a one hour meeting last week.

Hearing on Budget for Public Safety Department
Corrections Division
Fire Department
Police Department

Cuts to Public Safety Department Budget includes…
-$280,000 Building Division (cut 5 positions + miscellaneous)
-$205,000 Neighborhood Stabilization (cut 3 positions)
-$140,000 Corrections Division (salary savings and overtime reductions)
-$30,000 Excise Divisions (salaries down)
-$143,000 Police Department (cut 5 vacant Park ranger positions + miscellaneous)
-$70,000 Police Department (cut 1 vacant Marshal position + miscellaneous)

City Website Calendar Notice

Board Bill 1 (FY2018 Budget)

Here’s the proposed City Operating Plan for FY2018, department by department, it will give you more information than the budget bill.

Budget Division FY 2018 Budget slide show

Video of Budget Division FY 2018 Budget Presentation to BOA Ways & Means Committee

Ways & Means Committee Members: 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway (Chair), 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd (elected in April), 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad (elected in April), 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 4th Ward Alderman Samuel L. Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

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