Council Chairman Steve Stenger said Friday that County Executive Charlie A.  Dooley has been using County Police Chief Tim Fitch in an attempt to get the  council to pass a property tax increase.

Stenger, D-Affton, said that Dooley, a fellow Democrat, had approached him  and Councilman Mike O’Mara, D-Florissant, earlier this week to ask if the  council would approve a 2.3 cent property tax roll-up to cover pay raises for  the police department and other county employees, whose salaries have been  frozen since 2008.

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