Volume 22, Number 32
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Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
Taxpayers could save $900,000 with Lindbergh bond refunding By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor A proposal to refund general obligation bonds issued in 2001 by Lindbergh Schools is expected to save district residents nearly $900,000, according to Chief Financial Officer Pat Lanane. A resolution authorizing the hiring of a financial adviser and bond counsel to initiate the refunding process was scheduled to be considered by the Board of Education Tuesday night — after the Call went to
press. If approved, WM Financial Strategies would serve as financial adviser to the district while Gilmore & Bell would be bond counsel. As proposed, Lindbergh would sell more than $8.59 million in general obligation bonds to refund the bonds issued in 2001. “We think the timing is great. While there’s a lot more down side to a recession like this than there is up side, there are a few things like construction bids and refunding of old (See BOND, Page 10A)
MFPD’s tax-rate ceiling 68.3 cents, according to initial figures from state Up close with a bearded dragon Lindbergh Early Childhood Education Junior Flyers’ Club campers had a chance to get up close and personal with a chinchilla, bearded dragon, owl, guinea pig and snapping turtle this summer during a series of visits from the St. Louis Zoo Outreach Program. Each week, Junior Flyers’ Club has special ‘in-house’ field trips, featuring visits from various community organizations. Petting this bearded dragon, from left, are: Edward Domkoski, Sam Dalfrey and Mason Buehler.
By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor Preliminary numbers from the state auditor’s office show the Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors could establish a maximum tax rate of 68.3 cents for 2010 — roughly 50 cents more than what Missouri Auditor Susan Montee said the district could levy last year. Based on those preliminary numbers, the
Board of Directors could levy about $12 million more than what Montee contended the district could levy last year. As first reported by the Call last November, Montee’s office deemed the fire district’s 2009 tax rate to be higher than permitted under state law and referred the issue to Attorney General Chris Koster for further action. (See STATE, Page 8A)
Dooley, Corrigan to vie in November election for county executive’s position By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Incumbent County Executive Charlie Dooley and Bill Corrigan easily cinched their respective party’s nomination last week to face each other in the Nov. 2 general election. Dooley captured 47,896 votes — 75.8 percent — in the
Aug. 3 primary election to win the Democratic nomination to seek a second full term this fall, according to unofficial election results. His primary challenger, Ronald Levy, received 15,272 votes — 24.2 percent. Across the five south county townships — Concord,
Aldermen eye final approval of ‘bumping’ measure By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter An ordinance that would reinstate “bumping” privileges for Crestwood’s civil service employees was up for final approval this week before the Board of Aldermen. The board was scheduled to consider the second reading of an ordinance modifying three sections of the Civil Service Rules and Regulations when it met Tuesday night — after the Call went to press.
(See BUMPING, Page 6A)
(See NOVEMBER, Page 2A)
Reinstatement of old method of funding stormwater service eyed by MSD board By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Board of Trustees this week may consider ordinances that would suspend a user charge based on impervious area and bring back the district’s old method of funding stormwater services. The board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today — Aug. 12 — at (See STORMWATER, Page 12A)
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Besides replacing language in the civil service rules’ chapter on employee political activity and adding language to the alcohol and controlled substance policy, the ordinance would restore a “bumping” provision to the layoff policy. “Bumping” occurs when employees whose jobs are eliminated move to another position for which they’re qualified. If that position is one which several people already hold, the employee scheduled to be laid off can
Gravois, Lemay, Oakville and Tesson Ferry — Dooley received 5,648 votes, or 61 percent, while Levy received 3,618 votes, or roughly 39 percent. Dooley received his strongest south county support in last week’s primary from the Gravois township. There, the
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