You Paid For It: Costly Cobblestones on Laclede’s Landing

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ST. LOUIS, MO ( — Even though the feds are crying broke there's still money for pet projects. Elliott Davis looks at the costly cobblestones in St. Louis with federal tax dollars in you paid for it.

The feds say the nation is trillions in debt and taxpayers are going to face painful cuts.

Despite that the federal government continues to spend your tax dollars for clearly non essential items.

The project to spend more than a million federal tax dollars to take up cobblestones on Laclede's Landing, fix the underlying street bed and put the cobblestones back down again as well as a few other things.

I talked to Rodney Crim head of the St. Louis city agency overseeing the project.

RODNEY CRIM: "Do you know that it's also listed on the National Register of Historic Places?"

ELLIOTT DAVIS: "With cobblestones?”

RODNEY CRIM: “Yes with cobblestones.”

ELLIOTT DAVIS: "And you guys are going to spend a million dollars to take the cobblestones up?"

RODNEY CRIM: "Actually it's kind of a great project! Part of the money comes from federal stimulus funds, the rest from federal transportation dollars."

The total price is $1.46 million. Apparently getting the feds to pay makes all the difference.

ELLIOTT DAVIS: "My question is this the best use of federal taxpayers dollars to take up these cobblestones in this area?"

RODNEY CRIM: “You understand that this is not city General Revenue Funds."

ELLIOTT DAVIS: "But it's taxpayers money."

Keep in mind we're watching out for your money. So if you spot questionable government spending call our hotline 800-846-KTVI. Or send me a message on Facebook and I’ll investigate. After all you paid for it.

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