St. Louis County to seek tax hike to aid police agencies

7 months 5 days 19 hours ago November 16, 2016 Nov 16, 2016 Wednesday, November 16 2016 Wednesday, November 16, 2016 8:03:00 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

CLAYTON (AP) — St. Louis County residents will be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax to hire more police officers, add body cameras and make other law enforcement improvements.

County Executive Steve Stenger announced the proposal Tuesday. The measure will appear on the April 4 municipal election ballot.

County officials say the tax would generate about $46 million for county law enforcement improvements, including hiring officers and adding technology such as body cameras. It also would generate another $34 million that would be divided among the 57 municipal police agencies in the county. They could spend the money as they see fit, as long as it is for public safety.

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