Jul 24

A Message from the County Executive: COVID-19 Update

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 9:24 AM by County Executive

At the July 13 St. Charles County Council meeting, I presented an update on the status of COVID-19 in St. Charles County. Unfortunately, the number of positive cases recently has been increasing at a substantial rate.

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Jun 02

A Message from the County Executive: COVID-19, Orders, and Our Community

Posted on June 2, 2020 at 4:43 PM by County Executive

Most of us have never seen a pandemic like COVID-19 in our lifetime – and hopefully we will never see anything like it again. I know the last three months have been difficult for our community. COVID-19 has rattled our world and caused tremendous fear and anxiety. I appreciate your patience and faith in County Government as we work together to navigate this unprecedented challenge. My prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by this terrible illness, and especially to those who have lost loved ones.

To help protect our community during the pandemic, I declared a State of Emergency and issued several orders in cooperation with our Department of Public Health. These orders enacted prohibitions, provided guidance, and entrusted citizens and businesses to make smart decisions to prevent the spread. Data demonstrates that our community took these and Governor Mike Parson’s stay-at-home order to heart. This is why St. Charles County was ready to follow Phase I of the governor’s Show Me Recovery plan and order starting May 4.

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Feb 25

A Message from the County Executive: Impact of e-Commerce on County Revenue

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 1:31 PM by County Executive

Your elected officials in St. Charles County Government strive to provide you with the facilities and basic critical services you deserve. Sixty percent of those services – police, corrections, sheriff, public health and many others – are funded through the County’s General Operations budget, which comes from our local sales tax.

Over the past year, I have made our citizens aware that our sales tax collections are eroding, due largely in part to e-commerce. The more people buy on line, the less tax the County – and County municipalities – receive. County Government has had to shift and re-shift our priorities and resources accordingly to balance our budget. Unlike other counties, we receive no property tax for general revenue.

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