- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A newspaper review of public records shows that the St. Louis Science Center awarded a design contract to a company owned by a political appointee earlier than she had previously indicated.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1iDb7Vb ) reports that the center’s board unanimously agreed on March 25 to award the contract to Arcturis, a company owned by Pat Whitaker, a member of the regional Zoo-Museum District. Two days later, Whitaker voted to approve the Science Center’s preliminary annual tax rate.

Whitaker resigned from the board last week but insisted she had no conflict of interest. Her dual roles were criticized by other members of the zoo-museum board. She also said that the board vote on the science center’s tax rate came before Arcturis won a contract worth between $45,000 and $100,000.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com