- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis County outlet mall’s financial struggles could lead to higher utility bills for Hazelwood residents.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1lIQclF ) reports that elected leaders have agreed to ask Hazelwood voters in August to approve a 7 percent residential utility tax increase. City Manager Matt Zimmerman has said that declining sales tax revenue from the St. Louis Outlet Mall and the 2006 closing of a Ford Motor Co. assembly plant have hurt municipal finances.

The 11-year-old mall has a nearly empty food court and few busy stores other than an Old Navy outlet and Cabela’s, a hunting, fishing and outdoor supply store. Analysts say the mall has lost business to a pair of newer outlet malls in Chesterfield.

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



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