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St. Louis sees tiny drop in poverty rate but region sees no improvement BY DOUG MOORE st. Louis Post-dispatch

The poverty rate in the city of St. Louis is dropping, following a national trend. But for the region as a whole, there appears to be a small uptick as suburbs become more diverse. That’s the takeaway from new figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, which offers an annual sampling of economic trends throughout the country. Of the 53 metropolitan areas with populations of more than 1 million people, seven saw bumps in poverty rates. But those increases are small and most fall within the margin of error used in sampling the country’s population, including the St. Louis region. What the new numbers do offer, however, is a glimpse of economic trends as the country prepares for its next official count, the 2020 Census. “The general view is that as suburbs become more diverse demographically, with a dispersion of minorities, there is also more (economic) disparity in the suburbs,” said William Frey, a senior fellow and Census expert with the Brookings Institution. The new Census data also looks at household income, which for the St. Louis region, shows some good news. The median household income for 2017 was $61,571, up about $800 from the year before. That is well above the median household income statewide, which was $53,578 last year. Like Missouri, Illinois saw a slight increase, up, about $1,200, to $62,992. Across Missouri, the poverty rate is 13.4 percent, down about half a percentage point from the year before but still higher than the nationwide rate of 12.3 percent. The St. Louis region fares better at 11.6 percent. The rate is 10 percent in St. Louis County and 5.1 percent in St. Charles County. St. Louis city stands at 20.3 percent but shows a notable drop from 23.8 percent the year before. A family of four living in poverty has a household income of $25,100 or less. Former state Sen. Rita Days, now a community liaison for the Missouri Housing Development Commission, said the poverty rate inching up in the

suburbs while going down in the urban core is not surprising. “I know that, and this is just perspective, the city is making a big effort to move millennials and others into lofts,” said Days, of Bel-Nor. “It’s the gentrification of the city of St. Louis. As a result of that, many folks are moving to St. Louis County. Jack Lipin, executive director of Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St. Charles, said poor families look for better living environments including better schools and are finding them outside St. Louis city. What the growing western suburbs are providing is “a richness of resources,” he said. Other metro areas that saw small increases in poverty include New Orleans; Cleveland; Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Pittsburgh and Raleigh, N.C. What should not get lost in analyzing the new data is that urban cities continue to have a high level of poverty, Frey said, which continues to create challenges in providing support services needed. The poverty rate nationwide has declined for three years running, an overall drop of 2.5 percentage points. The threeyear run of declines reflects the longest stretch since the four-year period of 1997 to 2000, said Ashley Edwards, head of the poverty statistics branch at the Census Bureau. When the poverty measure was first established in 1959, 22.4 percent of people were living in poverty. The first 10 years it was tracked, poverty seemed to be on a steady decline, dropping to 10.3 percent by 1969. But sustained progress in lowering poverty rates has been difficult, Edwards said. “Even after recent declines, the 2017 poverty rate of 12.3 percent is not statistically different from the rate in 1970,” Edwards said. “Since 1970, the annual poverty rate has increased 14 times and decreased 17 times.” Janelle O’Dea of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report. Doug Moore • 314-340-8125 @dougwmoore on Twitter dmoore@post-dispatch.com

Groups urge city to close ‘unspeakably hellish’ jail known as the workhouse BY CELESTE BOTT st. Louis Post-dispatch

ST. LOUIS • Activists, advocacy orga-

nizations and former inmates hope to shutter the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, known informally as the workhouse, once and for all. In a report to be released Thursday morning by the Close the Workhouse campaign, organizers urge city officials to shut down the facility at 7600 Hall Street, which holds roughly 550 people, the vast majority of whom are awaiting trial. The 42-page report details more than 30 years of controversy at the workhouse. Most recently, in November, seven former workhouse inmates sued the city, alleging mold, oppressive heat and rat and insect infestations in the jail. That lawsuit is pending. City officials say it isn’t feasible to close an institution that houses hundreds of people facing felony charges, but officials say they are taking steps to reduce the jail population without risking public safety. The city’s jail population, including both the workhouse and the City Justice Center downtown, has dropped 12 percent in the last year, said Koran Addo, a

DIGEST VINITA PARK > Chief of police cooperative resigns • Days after it was revealed that he had been suspended from the post, North County Police Cooperative Chief Tim Swope has resigned, Vinita Park officials announced Wednesday. Swope plans to join the transition team of Wesley Bell, the Democratic nominee who is running unopposed for St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, according to an emailed statement from Vinita Park’s legal team. The statement said Swope’s resignation took place “after several conversations” with Vinita Park Mayor James McGee and the Board of Aldermen. Swope did not return a call for comment Wednesday evening. Vinita Park City Attorney Chet Pleban also did not return calls for comment. McGee, Pleban and other officials have declined to comment on Swope’s suspension, which was revealed last week. It was also recently announced that Charlack would no longer be contracting with the cooperative for police services, although officials did not say if the change was related to Swope’s suspension and resignation. Cooperative Lt. Col. John Buchanan confirmed Wednesday night that he has been appointed interim chief. The cooperative is based in Vinita Park, but had been under contract to patrol Pine Lawn, Charlack, Wellston, Velda Village

spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson. The mayor’s office also cites coming improvements, thanks to funding from Prop 1, a $50 million bond issue voters approved in August, which will allow the city to make upgrades to the facility, including permanent air conditioning. Temporary units have been placed in the jail since protests erupted during a heat wave last year. A total of $6.5 million has been earmarked for repairs and improvements to St. Louis’ correctional facilities. But Montague Simmons, an organizer with the campaign, says the jail hasn’t made necessary reforms, even after decades of damning testimony from those who spent time inside. And in the meantime, many of the city’s poorest, black residents are disproportionately affected, stuck behind bars for months because they’re unable to afford bail for low-level infractions. “This isn’t going to be a campaign that’s just led by the organizations. It’s going to be led by impacted folks, based on their real experience,” Simmons said. “We want to make sure their stories are heard.” Celeste Bott • 314-340-8119 @celestebott on Twitter cbott@post-dispatch.com

Hills, Beverly Hills, Uplands Park and Dellwood. CREVE COEUR > City moves toward property tax hike • The Creve Coeur City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to increasing the base residential property tax rate to 8.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, an increase from the 2017 rate of 6.3 cents. A final vote is set for the Sept. 24 meeting. Lori Obermoeller, the city’s director of finance, said in 2012 the council had decided to voluntarily reduce property tax rates below the tax rate ceiling, given a budget surplus at the time. However, she said major revenue sources have been either flat or declined over the last few years, and more money is needed to continue to offer city services without further tapping reserves. She said the city’s residential rate also includes a debt service rate of 8.2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, which wouldn’t change. Based upon the proposed tax rate for residential property and the debt service levy, a person with a house valued at $400,000 and personal property with market value of $30,000 would pay Creve Coeur $133.52 in property taxes for 2018, Obermoeller said. “The new rate would result in an increase of $15.20 annually for a home valued at $400,000,” Obermoeller said.

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