Nov 15 2016

St. Louis County Executive Asks Council to Place Public Safety Measure on Ballot

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is asking the County Council to place a proposition on the April, 2017 ballot to provide additional funds to improve police and public safety in St. Louis County and each of the municipalities within the County. The funds would come from a one-half of one-cent increase in the sales tax.

“If approved by the County Council, voters will decide if they want to provide additional funds for public safety to ensure that officers, no matter where they patrol, would have additional resources to safely and effectively protect the residents of St. Louis County,” County Executive Stenger said.

If voters approve the measure, St. Louis County will receive a portion of the funds and each municipality in St. Louis County would receive a share of the revenues based on its population.

St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar said if approved by voters, the County’s portion of the revenue generated by the tax would enable:
 Hiring more officers
 Having a second police officer in patrol cars when necessary
 Increasing police salaries
 Expanding officer training on topics such as peaceful conflict resolution
 Providing body cameras, and
 Installing dashboard cameras.

“I strongly support this proposal,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “The funds would provide much needed resources which are necessary to improve police and public safety across our county and to allow our officers to do their jobs safely.”

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