Legislation dealing with a proposed raise for correction medicine employees, a new sales tax, and honoring the area’s veterans will be heard during Tuesday’s busy St. Louis County Council meeting.
Councilwoman Hazel Erby’s legislation that would 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.
Also on Tuesday, Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray is scheduled to be requesting legislation that would propose a county-wide sales tax to provide funding for the Saint Louis Zoo.
If passed, the bill would be placed on the ballot of the Nov. 6 election as a proposal to impose a county-wide sales tax of one-eighth of one percent to provide funding for the management and care of animals and other zoological activities and zoological facilities of the Saint Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict.
In March, the Saint Louis Zoo and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 announced that they 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 mission to conserve animals.
Jeffrey Bonner, the chief executive officer of the Saint Louis Zoo, said the space will help provide needed care to animals and the parcel of land is exactly what was needed to help fulfill their mission.
“We have long desired an expanded land area to provide the best possible care for animals, especially a place where we can focus on conservation breeding efforts with endangered animals and those that are at risk,” Bonner said in a written statement. “There are very few parcels of land in the metropolitan area that could meet this need and we are grateful to have entered into this agreement with Local 562. The property offers great terrain, perimeter fencing, utilities, lakes, good buffers surrounding and existing buildings.”
Also on the schedule is a resolution brought by Councilman Pat Dolan to declare April 3 as National Service Recognition Day to encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in St. Louis County, to thank those who serve, and to find ways to give back to their communities.