Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

180926digest2

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

180926digest2

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CLAYTON > County Council withholds six months of Metro funds - The St. Louis County Council made good Tuesday on its threat to hold back six months of funding for security from Metro, until it is convinced that concerns about rider safety have been addressed, and that the transit system and police are working together.

Metro's budget for security was about $10 million for the fiscal year that started July 1. But the council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to allocate only $5 million. That means Metro will need to approach the council again in the next several weeks for the $5 million it will need starting Jan. 1.

Metro spends county funds on its own security force and on St. Louis County police officers.

"What we've asked the county police leadership and the Metro leadership to do is to come together and come back within the next 90 days and present us their plan for security on Metro and the plan for cooperation," said Council Chairman Sam Page. …

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