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Aldermen Unamiously Vote to Remove 'McKee Exemption'

They unanimously removed developer Paul McKee's exemption with no discussion.

April 16, 2018 - 5:23 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - An exemption in city code that allowed a north St. Louis developer to avoid fees and fines for derelict buildings is over.
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously removed Paul McKee's exemption with no discussion.

Alderwoman Cara Spencer, who introduced the measure, says it's a matter of fairness.
"Quite honestly, this is a tool for the city of St. Louis to assess some fees and fines for continuing to own vacant buildings in the city of St. Louis, and those vacant buildings really do degrade the communities that they are in."

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Spencer estimates McKee could pay north of $100,000 a year in fees and fines.

She hopes to use some of that money to beef up the city's vacant building task force, an understaffed unit responsible for inspecting those buildings.

The bill now goes to the mayor's desk.