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St. Louis budget

Screenshot of the meeting of Board of Estimate and Apportionment on April 22, 2020.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis lawmakers will have to make up at least a $40 million gap in the budget for fiscal 2021.

The spending plan presented Wednesday to Mayor Lyda Krewson, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed and Comptroller Darlene Green shows revenue down nearly 3% from last year to this year. The biggest drops are in gaming and sales taxes.

Outside the Enterprise Center on 05/22/19 , the day after The St. Louis Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks to go to the Stanley Cup Final.
Corinne Ruff | St. Louis Public Radio

So far this year, the St. Louis Blues have generated nearly $4 million in city revenue. And now that the hockey team is headed to the Stanley Cup Final, the city expects an extra financial bump.

That’s according to estimates from St. Louis Budget Director Paul Payne. He said the city will predominantly benefit from direct revenue brought in from sales taxes on tickets. Indirect money from spending on things like concessions, parking, restaurants and hotels will also contribute to the city’s budget.

“I’d estimated back at the beginning of the playoffs you’d see the three games would probably be somewhere in the area of $300,000, which would go up with each succeeding series,” he said.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 3, 2010 - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says a statewide proposal that could lead to the end of the city's earnings tax "will most assuredly win in November" and he is concentrating his efforts and resources on the subsequent vote in April in the city only.

In an interview with the Beacon, the mayor said, "I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that the earnings tax isn't eliminated unless and until there is a plan to replace it."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 1, 2010 - St. Louis firefighters withstood a packed, overheated meeting room Wednesday night to reinforce their position that they're unfairly being targeted for pay cuts and possible staff reductions.

"You lay off firemen, you close firehouses, people die!" said Jeff Glorioso, vice president of Local 73 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, during a public hearing held by the city's Civil Service Commission.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 11, 2010 - If money that now helps maintain St. Louis' largest parks is diverted to help shore up weak spots in the city's budget, park officials are worried about the long-term consequences.

"This is not good news for us," said John Karel, director of Tower Grove Park, one of the facilities whose budgets would be affected by the proposed reallocation of funds for the city's next fiscal year.