St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has signed into law a bill mandating funds generated by Proposition P will be dedicated ONLY to police and public safety, with the funds monitored in an open and transparent manner. The St. Louis County Council passed the bill, sponsored by Councilman Mark Harder, on October 3rd.
“Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of public trust in government,” County Executive Stenger said. “In St. Louis County government, Prop P’s dedicated law enforcement revenue stream will clearly flow through the online accountability portal I established when I took office in 2015.” The portal allows residents to track, in real time, all expenditures of County government.
“We promised voters that the Prop P money will be used only for law enforcement and public safety and it will,” Stenger said.
Councilman Harder’s bill also calls for Prop P funds to be deposited into a special account that will be presented to the Council as a separate line item in the annual budget for its review.
Voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition P, a County-wide half-cent sales tax for police and public safety in April. During the bill signing, County Executive Stenger urged the County Council to move quickly to approve negotiated pay raises that are a key component of Proposition P. “These much-deserved raises will bring our officers’ salaries into line with those of other top law enforcement agencies in our region,” Stenger said.