St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger today announced details of how revenue from Proposition P will be budgeted next year for St. Louis County. In April, County voters overwhelmingly approved Prop P, a half-cent sales tax with proceeds earmarked for police and public safety in St. Louis County and County municipalities. The proposed 2018 St. Louis County budget, submitted yesterday to the St. Louis County Council, details spending on several initiatives funded by Prop P, including:
Police Department Pay Increases ($18,617,956)
Additional Police Officers ($9,931,912)
Police Training ($1,000,000)
Body Camera Program ($623,632)
Juvenile Treatment Services ($114,263)
Justice Services Pay Increases ($2,462,340)
“Thanks to the voters of St. Louis County, we are able to continue providing the very best in public safety,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Our new police pay scale helps ensure we will be able to attract and retain the best and the brightest new and experienced officers. In addition to hiring 114 new officers, the funding from Prop P will allow our department to invest in several community policing initiatives, including two officers to a car, conflict resolution training, and expansion of our Police Athletic League Program.”
The County Executive established an online accountability portal in 2015 to allow residents to track expenditures in real-time, including Proposition P dollars. “We promised voters that the Prop P money will be used only for law enforcement and public safety and this budget illustrates just that,” County Executive Stenger said.
All Proposition P expenditures detailed in the 2018 budget are pending County Council approval.