Board threatens to withhold tax money from Missouri History Museum

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 9:12 a.m. CST; updated 10:31 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 4, 2012

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board members are threatening to withhold $10 million in annual tax money from the Missouri History Museum, calling it "unresponsive" and "nontransparent."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that board members Monday said the museum must be governed by its publicly appointed commissioners, not by a nonprofit board of trustees. The board decided to withhold about $500,000 this spring and said that if the nonprofit board remains in charge by next fall, they would move to withhold all $10 million.

Concerns were raised in September following an audit and Post-Dispatch stories detailing the 2006 purchase of environmentally contaminated land from former Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. for $875,000, land now valued at $232,000.

History Museum officials say they have made substantial improvements to their governance.


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