City may look to state or feds to help with police overtime costs
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
The City of St. Louis may be looking to the state or federal government to help with costs involved with handling the protests over the Jason Stockley verdict.
It is adding up to millions of dollars.
The city said overtime costs for the first ten days of protests were estimated at $2.9 million. St. Louis County’s approaching $1 million in overtime.
It’s currently $920,000.
“We have to figure that out… almost $3 million is the tab now, we’ll have to figure that out over the next year.,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson. “Is there a way the state or federal government can be tapped to be reimbursed? It’s on our mind but we’ll have to figure that out.”
Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed said the unrest in St. Louis will be examined by lawmakers in Jefferson City.
“I can tell you this there’s going to be a lot of dialogue and discussion about how and what the state can do for the City of St. Louis when it comes to economic development, public safety, manufacturing,” said Senator Nasheed. “Because as you all know at the end of the day, the City of St. Louis generates billions and billions of dollars for the state of Missouri and we don’t get our fair share.”
The police budget allows for about $7 million in overtime costs and more than 40 percent of the overtime budget has been used.
Some alderman think cutting some city services is inevitable.
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