(KMOV.com) – St. Louis City’s budget director outlined a plan to pay for a proposal to hire 160 more police officers.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay proposed hiring 160 more officers in early December. The payment plan would call for a 5 percent increase in the parking garage tax, a business license fee increase, and an increase on car license taxes.
“In my view this is a very serious problem, crime is going up for the first time in a long time and law abiding citizens are being victimized,” Slay said. “No one likes tax increases but law abiding citizens are being victimized far too often in our city.”
Slay said any proposal to hire 160 more officers may require a stamp of approval from the Board of Aldermen and state lawmakers.
Many city residents provided News 4 with a mixed reaction the announcement.
“Police on the street is good, but it depends on the training they have to determine if it works,” said Jacob Dusold.
“Might need more officers than that because we have a lot of drug dealers and gangs,” said Dominelle Forland.
The plan would have to be approved by the Board of Alderman and by city voters.