Aldermen approve $180 million bond issue ballot measure

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- St. Louis voters will now decide if they want a tax hike to fund improvements in the city. It's money officials say is essential to city operations. City residents will have a chance to speak out and make their voices heard on a proposed bond.
The Board of Aldermen approved putting this issue on the ballot Tuesday but the number amount does incite a bit of sticker shock at $180 million.

Officials say it will help get tools that fire and police really need to keep you safe such as replacing fire trucks and creating a centralized 911 dispatch center. But the funds would also go toward repairing streets and bridges, demolishing condemned buildings as well as improving and updating municipal courts and the corrections department.

City officials are promising that residents would very clearly see their tax dollars at work. In the long run it'll save millions of dollars each year, particularly in maintenance costs.

Inside city hall, yesterday, the Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly supported the bill that put this proposal up for public vote.

Mayor Slay signed it into law and sent it to the board of election to have it placed on the ballot in time for the next election, August 4th.