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St. Louis County Executive Sam Page prepares to answer questions from reporters on April 30, 2019.
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Less than 24 hours after being named St. Louis County Executive, Sam Page is already erasing some of his predecessor’s mark on government.

And in a wide-ranging meeting with reporters Tuesday afternoon he expressed serious concerns about the proposal to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County, an opinion that could impact the creation of a metro government — and Page’s political future.

County police and their families help pack the room as the County Council considers a police pay raise.
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Updated Oct. 31, 2017: Before a packed crowd, the St. Louis County Council gave final approval to a pay hike for county police beginning Jan. 1.  The vote of 6-0, with one absent, came after no debate. The result touched off lots of applause from police and their families packing the audience.

Our earlier story:

The St. Louis County Council got an earful Tuesday before members unanimously gave initial approval to a measure increasing county police pay beginning Jan. 1.  

For almost two hours, council members heard mainly from St. Louis County police officers and their families concerned that the pay hike might be blocked by a pension dispute between Council Chairman Sam Page and County Executive Steve Stenger. 

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger said his transition into his new office is going much more smoothly than last week.
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The deep freeze between St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley seems to be thawing. 

A little more than a week after Stenger and Dooley revealed that they weren’t talking to each other, the bitter rivals appear to have a line of communication to help with a changeover in office. Stenger defeated Dooley in a Democratic primary and will take office on Jan. 1.

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(Updated 9:55 p.m. Wed., March 12)

The commission currently overseeing fire dispatching for most of St. Louis County has rejected a move by some fire districts to shift operations to St. Louis County's new emergency center.

Three protection or ambulance districts on the commission for the Central County Emergency 911 had sought the change. But the districts' request appears to be dead, for now, because four votes were needed on the panel before any talks with the county could move forward. 

The commission deadlocked at 3-3 Wednesday night.

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St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger wants the county’s second-in-command to resign. 

Stenger, D-Affton, said on Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls should be held accountable for, among other things, fraud in the county’s health department.

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A St. Louis County judge ordered St. Louis County to pay nearly $6 million to three trash haulers who lost contracts after the county established trash districts. 

But St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s administration indicated that the county may appeal the judge's order.

Taxing question: How should sales tax revenue be split?

Nov 25, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 25, 2011 - In the longstanding discussion of how sales tax revenue in St. Louis County can be fairly distributed, the latest points of contention are these:

Should St. Louis County receive less money from the pool and point of sale cities?

Should the designations of pool cities and point of sale cities remain?

Should municipalities be encouraged to enact local options sales taxes to raise money?

Taxing question: How should sales tax revenue be split?

Nov 25, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 25, 2011 - In the longstanding discussion of how sales tax revenue in St. Louis County can be fairly distributed, the latest points of contention are these:

Should St. Louis County receive less money from the pool and point of sale cities?

Should the designations of pool cities and point of sale cities remain?

Should municipalities be encouraged to enact local options sales taxes to raise money?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 26, 2011 - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says the county's decline in property values is forcing him to call for a 2.3-cent increase in the county's property tax rate for 2012. The extra costs to the typical property owner will be modest, Dooley said -- amounting to an increase of $6.14 a year for the owner of a house valued at $140,000.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 6, 2011 - Now that the city has five years' breathing room on the earnings tax, officials in St. Louis are studying a new report on the best ways to substitute the $140 million a year it provides.

They're also looking hard at a companion report that provides a road map to do more of what they already are doing -- talking with St. Louis County about collaborating on certain services to save money, make government services more efficient and maybe bring the long-held dream of true regionalism a little closer to reality.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 24, 2008 - What do MetroLink, a child-care facility in Wellston and the Danforth Plant Science Center have in common?

They are all -- in some form or other -- on St. Louis County's "wish list" for President-elect Barack Obama's national economic recovery program.