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The family compound
The ministry has also bought homes
for other key employees.
Since 1999, the ministry has spent
at least $4 million on five homes for Meyer and her four children near
Interstate 270 and Gravois Road, St. Louis County records show.
Meyer's house, the largest of the
five, is a 10,000-square-foot Cape Cod style estate home with a guest house
and a garage that can be independently heated and cooled and can hold up to
eight cars. The three-acre property has a large fountain, a gazebo, a
private putting green, a pool and a poolhouse where the ministry recently
added a $10,000 bathroom.
The ministry pays for utilities,
maintenance and landscaping costs at all five homes. It also pays for
renovations. The Meyers ordered major rehab work at the ministry's expense
right after the ministry bought three of the homes. For example, the
ministry bought one home, leveled it and then built a new home on the site
to the specifications of Meyer's daughter Sandra and her husband, county
Even the property taxes, $15, 629
this year, are paid by the ministry.
Meyer called the homes a "good
investment" for the ministry and said the ministry bears the cost of upkeep
and maintenance because the family is too busy to take care of such tasks.
"It's just too hard to keep up with something like that when you travel as
much as we do," Meyer said.
She said that federal tax law
allows ministries to buy parsonages for their employees, so the arrangement
does not violate any prohibitions against personal benefit. Meyer also said
the decision to cluster the families together was a way to build a buffer to
better ensure privacy and security.
"We put good people all around us," she
said. "Obviously, if I was trying to hide anything or thought I was
doing anything wrong, I wouldn't live on the corner of Gravois and 270."