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Voters asked to support bond issue needed for fire department repairs

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St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said the department has experienced issues with failing fire trucks, some of them reaching 25 years in age. St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said the department has experienced issues with failing fire trucks, some of them reaching 25 years in age.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The City of St. Louis is asking taxpayers to support a $180 million bond issue on the August 4 ballot.

It would go towards improving city infrastructure, including repairs to police and firefighter equipment. 

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said the department has experienced issues with faulty equipment and deteriorating fire houses for years.

"I would say out of the 35 houses I have in the city, pretty much all of them need to be replaced," said Chief Jenkerson.

If voters approve the bond issue Tuesday, officials said nearly $40 million would go towards the fire department.

Jail upgrades and street reconstruction are other big components of the bond. The $10 million added in by the Board of Aldermen would fund sidewalk repairs in individual neighborhoods.

"That will pave 20 blocks in a ward. That's not a lot, but everything can be paved that needs to be paved," said Todd Waelterman, St. Louis Director of Operations. 

Property taxes on a $140,000 house would increase by $50 a year to supplement the bond issue. 

The tax increase applies to vehicles and real estate, and it requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

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