Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fourth-Cent Sales Tax Increase Would Help Add Police Officer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fourth-Cent Sales Tax Increase Would Help Add Police Officer

Article excerpt

The Woodson Terrace Police Department could get an additional officer if voters approve a one-fourth cent sales tax increase Nov. 2.

The Board of Aldermen authorized Police Chief Thomas A. McKay at a recent meeting to apply for federal money, which would cover 50 to 75 percent of the officer's cost.

The federal cost-sharing program is part of President Bill Clinton's anti-crime initiative.

Major John Brown said there would be no money to pay for Woodson Terrace's portion of the officer's salary unless the city got additional revenue from a sales tax increase.

Brown said the proposed one-fourth cent hike would raise an estimated $75,000 a year. The added revenue would allow the city to hire another officer and would help offset losses expected because of a change in how sales tax revenue is distributed among municipalities in St. Louis County, he said.

The cost to the city of hiring the additional officer would be $15,000 a year if the government paid half, McKay said. …

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