Legislation that would put on this year’s ballot a question asking whether or not voters approve of a tax that helps pay for the care of Saint Louis Zoo animals at a zoological subdistrict is up for final passage at the St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday.
The legislation, which is sponsored by County Councilmembers Rochelle Walton Gray and Pat Dolan, would call for the holding of a election on Nov. 6 in St. Louis County to ask voters if they would approve a a county-wide sales tax of one-eighth of one percent for the purpose of taking care of the animals.
In March, the Saint Louis Zoo Association and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 announced that they have entered into a sale agreement for the union’s 452-acre complex in north St. Louis County for $7.1 million.
According to the zoo, the funds were allocated using privately donated funds. The space would be used for the zoo’s continued effort to conserve animals.
Once the assessment is finalized, which would take several months, the zoo will develop the property for the purposes of dedicated care for threatened and endangered animals.
While specific details are not yet known, there also will likely be a public component to the property. This is similar to other zoos that have off-site conservation breeding facilities, and the public element offered often includes a wildlife and safari experience.
Also on the docket for Tuesday, is Erby’s bill that seeks to give various county employees a 10 percent raise will be heard on its second reading phase.
The bill would transfer $295,657 from the unappropriated balance of the general fund to the county’s health fund to appropriate a raise for the salaries of corrections medicine employees along with $300,279 from the general fund for the raise of various Department of Justice service employees.
This comes after weeks of public comment from various St. Louis County corrections medicine employees stating that they believe they were considered public safety employees that were deserving of Proposition P funds.