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City residents vote to keep earnings tax, fund new equipment for firefighters

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Three propositions on the ballot in St. Louis City were approved by voters Tuesday night.

The big ballot questions were about the one percent earnings tax, a property tax to help fund St. Louis Public Schools and a proposition to fund new equipment for first responders.

St. Louis Public Schools officials were asking voters to approve Proposition 1, which is a 75 cent tax levy and the first increase the district has asked for in nearly 25 years.  The money will go towards improving childhood education, improved safety and security, and teacher salaries, officials say.

Voters also approved Proposition E, which continues the one percent earnings tax, a tax paid by everyone who works or lives in St. Louis City.

Proponents of Prop E argue the tax is an essential revenue source for the city, funding police, firefighters, parks, and street maintenance. Supporters also say that if the measure had been voted down, then sales and property taxes would rise to make up for the lost revenue.

Opponents maintain the tax is unfair to working people because some have found loopholes to not pay the tax.

City voters also gave approval to Prop F, a $25 million bond issue city officials say will fund new equipment for firefighters, and repair of bridges in the city.

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