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County council dealing with bigger budget for 2006

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – More revenue from property taxes means the 2006 St. Louis County budget won't be as tight as in recent years.

The County Council is now reviewing a $460 million dollar proposal from County Executive Charlie Dooley.

Councilman Kurt Odenwald said most county agencies will all see more money.

"The everyday taxpayer is unfortunately paying a lot more in property tax than he or she would like, but we're going to see a few more personnel working in county government," Odenwald said. "We're going to see some of the improvements to county buildings replacing the police cars things that were not done in the past. And hopefully this trend will continue."

Odenwald also said the mental health department budget will also grow.

County officials plan to spend $14 million more on general operations next year than they did this year.

Hearings on the budget will continue Tuesday.


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