(St. Louis – July 16, 2021) St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green released the following statement today:
Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed’s appropriations bill failed to pass at the Board of Estimate and Apportionment meeting today because it did not comply with federal regulations for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
In this period of rescue and recovery, when the city of St. Louis has been singled out by the federal government to receive substantially more in relief dollars than many other cities, the leaders of the Board of Aldermen and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment should be working together to create a spending plan that benefits the city’s hard-working families and businesses that are trying desperately to recover from the effects of COVID-19. And that spending plan bill must be legally compliant.
Reed’s unwillingness to address his bill’s fundamental flaws—despite multiple attempts to work with…