St. Louis, MO – Westfall asked the St. Louis County Council last week to approve a six-month moratorium on the approval of new trash transfer stations in the county.
The issue springs from public opposition to a proposal to build a trash transfer station in Oakville. Residents have expressed concern about traffic, noise and pollution such a station might create. Westfall believes those concerns are legitimate:
St. Louis, Mo. – Democrat Mariano Favazza says St. Louis needs a new port and the Endangered Species Act needs changing.
The St. Louis Circuit Clerk, who's running for Congress, wants to change the Endangered Species Act so a lawsuit over the Missouri River, for example, could only be filed in a court near the river and not in Washington.
He says court battles over water levels cost the local economy millions.
Chicago, ILL – New tax breaks for the film industry are now law in Illinois. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the measure Monday, saying it could help lure back productions that have gone to places where it's cheaper to film.
The movie 'Chicago,' for example, was filmed in Canada. The Illinois Film Office says the state has lost about $100 million a year in potential production and labor costs over the last several years.
St. Louis, MO – Library taxes are staying put in St. Louis County. The Library Board Monday kept the tax rate the same for property taxpayers, even though they could have raised it without needing voter approval.
Assistant Director George Durnell says the current tax rate brings in enough money.
"Voters authorized a tax ceiling of $0.18 and we collect $0.14," he said. "We are one of the few institutions in this state-though not the only one-that does not collect its full voted tax."
St. Charles, Mo. – A St. Charles County councilman could face a recall election.
Jeff Morrison of St. Peters is the target of a petition filed Friday with the county clerk's office. It claims Morrison is too concerned with helping prominent municipal officials, developers and home builders, and not concerned enough with his constituents.
One concern was Morrison's opposition to a charter amendment allowing the county to take legal action against St. Peters for allegedly abusing the state tax-increment financing law.