Some St. Louis County Council members defend County Auditor at council meeting

The debate regarding the employment of the St. Louis County Auditor was the source of contention at Tuesday’s St. Louis County Council Meeting.

In a letter, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger recommended the County Council remove County Auditor Mark Tucker.

According to Stenger, Tucker faces a federal income tax lien of $91,496 and has been in place since 2011.

“We call upon our residents to pay their taxes,” Stenger said. “It is appalling that our own county auditor, an individual responsible for budgetary checks and balances and who should serve as an example of fiscal responsibility, has instead proven derelict in his personal and professional obligations.”

The request is following an investigative report conducted by KMOV in which it showed St. Louis County Auditor Mark Tucker owing thousands to the IRS.

But not all of the County Council members agreed with firing Tucker.

Councilman Sam Page, said Tucker was undergoing a divorce and that’s why his financial situation was questionable.

“I am disappointed to see such unprecedented personal attacks launched by County Executive Stenger. This is not good government,” Page said. “Unfortunately, several years ago, the County Auditor went through a divorce and liquidated his 401k retirement fund. He negotiated a payment plan with the IRS and he’s been current the past six years.”

Page also added the presence of this payment plan did not prevent Tucker from fiscal oversight budget and audit duties for the state senate and for the governor and wouldn’t it prevent him from working for the county.

Additionally, at the County Council meeting, Page introduced a bill that would halt all construction and grading activities at the site of the proposed Legacy Ice Center in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park.

Page also added new language to require that the Legacy Ice Foundation return the site of the proposed rink to its condition before grading was begun to allow reforestation before the end of the year.

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