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STL taxpayers may still be looking for a deal at the center of the federal bribery investigation

ST. LOUIS — At least 10 St. Louis aldermen have called on alderman Lewis Reed to resign early Monday night after Reed filed federal bribery charges last week.

There are new concerns that the federal investigation that uncovered these alleged bribes could put the city’s taxpayers on the back burner for a 25-year tax break deal.

There are currently 25 councilors with three vacant seats. Two of them were released by councilors who resigned amid the bribery investigation.

At least 10 of the 25 have written letters, emails or social media posts saying Reed has to go.

From alderwoman Cara Spencer politely “asking for Reed to step aside…” to alderwoman Tina Pihl saying “his trust has been eroded…” and alderman Mike Gras emphatically tweeting, “HEY LEWIS, DO ALL ONE.” FALL AND RESIGN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.”

Alderman Bill Stephens (Ward 12) wrote a letter to Reed also urging him to resign.

“First and foremost, I can see how damaging this indictment, which contains direct quotes from Lewis Reed himself, was to our city; their trust in us, the heart of the city and the spirit of the city,” Stephens said.

In a recording cited in the indictment, a gas station developer identified as “John Doe” used a cash counter to count out $2,000 in cash.

“There you are, my brother, that’s two grand,” Doe said to Reed.

“Oh man, that’s perfect,” Reed said.

Doe said, “We’re going to help each other out in the long run.”

According to the indictment, Reed replied, “We will all grow together.”

“It plays into our worst assumptions about city government,” said Megan Green, councilwoman for the 15th Circuit. “If we’re going to move forward at all, Reed has to resign. As an alderman, we need to reform our tax incentive system, reform our alderman code of ethics, be a lot more transparent as a board, and we need to do that immediately.”

“He’s robbed the hard-working taxpayers enough already,” Stephens said.

Stephens also called for an entirely new list of aldermen to be elected in March 2023, when the number of aldermen will be halved from 28 to 14.

After his bribe charges broke Thursday, Reed said he would remain in office. Neither of his co-defendants did.

Jeffrey Boyd (Ward 22) resigned the day after the arraignment. John Collins-Muhammad (Ward 21) resigned well before the charge last month.

The alleged bribes secured John Doe up to 25 years of wealth tax breaks at the site of the gas station under construction off I-70 near Adelaide. The deal is now law: approved by city councilors and Mayor Tishaura Jones, who were unaware that it was part of an apparent ruse being used by federal investigators.

Green said it’s not right that the city’s taxpayers are still on the hook over a tax package in an investigation that appears to have resulted in another case being dismissed against John Doe for his collaboration in the bribery stab.

“A lot of us on the ward council are feeling like we’ve got balls in our faces right now,” Green said.

The City of St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) is exploring whether there might be some way for the city to get out of the 25-year tax break deal, Green said.

On Monday evening, an office of Reed released the following statement:

Since his court appearance last Thursday, President Reed has been working to seek legal clarity on the delegation of powers of critical functions from the Office of the President of the Alderman to the Vice President of the Alderman. The office of President includes numerous legislative functions as well as executive functions governed by the city’s charter. To ensure a seamless transition and minimal disruption, President Reed will continue to complete these agreements and will provide additional updates shortly.

Statement from Chief Executive Officer Lewis Reed

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Nate Jones

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