St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is asking the St. Louis County Council to place a proposition on the April 2017 ballot to increase the county sales tax to go to public safety.
According to a press release from Stenger's Office, the proposition asks for a half-a-cent increase per-dollar in sales tax to go to improving the public safety of St. Louis County.
The release said, if passed, the proposition would let the county:
- hire more officers
- have a second officer in patrol cars when necessary
- increase police salaries
- expand officer training on topics like peaceful conflict resolution
- provide body cameras
- installing dashboard cameras
The proposition would be voted on by residents in April if it is approved to go to the ballot by the St. Louis County Council.