Audit: History Museum Trustees Bought Land For Over $800,000

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Critics of the Missouri History Museum still aren't satisfied with a new agreement that was supposed to re-assure the public as to how taxpayer dollars are being spent.

The museum has been under fire for several months since the Zoo-Museum District Board discovered museum trustees purchased contaminated land on Delmar for more than $800,000.

"Everything else we have found at the history museum. The culture of secrecy and no transparency pervades and it still pervades today even with this so-called papering together of the trustees and the commissioners,ā€ said Zoo-Museum District Commissioner Jerome Glick.

"You've got to give this a chance to get going. All praise to the ZMD for doing its study and detecting or noting the problems of the past but now we're looking to the future,ā€ said Zoo-Museum District Commissioner Ben Uchitelle.

More than half the history museum's budget comes from property tax levied in St. Louis city and county.


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