St. Louis County Corrections Medicine staff at the St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday asked for a pay raise through Proposition P, after debate between some councilmembers and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger — a compromise will be sought.
During the public forum phase of at the County Council meeting, numerous medical service staff requested that they receive a raise from Prop P because they believe their line of work is still a critical portion of public safety.
Proposition P is a half-cent sales tax that’s expected to generate $80 million a year for public safety. It was passed this April with sixty-three percent of St. Louis County voters voting in favor of the tax.
Councilmember Hazel Erby along with other council members said they supported the medical staff, but Erby also blasted Stenger, saying that he didn’t show enough support to these particular county employees.
Stenger stated that he not only publicly supported these employees from getting a raise, but also gave his word that these employees would get a raise either from Prop P funds or other means.
“We ought to have to make a determination of what fund it would come from but what I’m telling you as I sit here, I would support a raise for the individuals that have presented themselves here today,” Stenger said. “Now whether that can be legally propositioned from Prop P funds or whether it has to be Health Department funds that’s a determination that will need to be made.”
But it wasn’t all about budget concerns at Tuesday night’s County Council meeting.
Councilmember Mark Harder’s legislation that would move the weekly County Council start time from 6:0o p.m. to 6:30 p.m., passed 7-0.
Harder stated this would allow county residents more time to arrive to the meetings and voice their concerns about county government.
“This is a bill that I brought up last year and thought I would bring it up in the new year,” Harder said. “We’ve had a number of constituents that have come to the meeting asking for a later meeting time. I think that would more time for people from the greater distances to get here on time, and park and be able to register to speak.”