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Reed opposes state bill to cut fees that fund city services

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is opposing a bill in the Missouri Senate that could slash funding for some basic city services.

Senate Bill 526, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery, a Republican, would drastically reduce the amount of video service provider fees that the city of St. Louis can collect. These funds are used to maintain rights of way in the city – filling potholes, repairing sidewalks and providing street lighting.

Reed sent a letter Tuesday to Emery, voicing opposition:

“As the President of the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen, I represent the interest of 300,000 residents. Each day, my office receives calls and concerns from residents regarding street repairs and lighting issues. If SB 526 is passed, the amount of funding we have in place to address those issues will be significantly decreased, resulting in the need to cut from other necessary services of our City.”

Reed’s office issued a statement Tuesday in which he said that if passed, the bill would cut the amount the city is able to collect by 92 percent, or about $3 million.

“We cannot afford to do that,” Reed said. “If passed, this bill will negatively impact all of our residents, video service subscribers or not.”

In his letter to Emery, Reed urged him to reconsider his bill.

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