ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO -On Tuesday, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signed Bill 227, the Prop P Accountability Act, to make sure the money generated from Proposition P is designated to only be used for police and public safety. It shuts down the ability for municipalities to use the funds for other purposes.
In 2016, voters approved the money from Proposition P to help generate $80 million to be shared between St. Louis County and its municipalities. The new bill will also create a new online transparency portal that will be open to the public with real time information on spending.
Stenger is hoping the County Council will vote and pass pay raises for police as soon as possible. The St. Louis County Council is expected to consider a measure Tuesday night to increase pay for county officers.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and the county police union have proposed a plan that would allocate about $19 million to raises for county police personnel.
St. Louis County Council Chairman Sam Page said he supports police raises, but there isn’t a clear understanding of the potential impact the raises will have on pensions for county employees and past retirees. Stenger argues the county is reserving money for pensions, and Page has had the information for months.
Some municipalities claim their officers are already paid well and they are not looking to hire additional officers so they want to spend the money on things like road improvements and snow removal which they say will contribute to public safety. The Prop P Accountability Act restricts funds only to law enforcement functions.