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Push for passage of Prop P in St. Louis hasn't started

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

On November 7, voters in St. Louis will decide whether to raise the sales tax by one-half of one percent for police and firefighters. The proposal is called Proposition P and is expected to raise more than $20 million dollars a year. 

The proposal, in part, is to keep salaries for St. Louis police officers competitive with surrounding police departments. In April, voters in St. Louis County passed a tax proposal, also called Proposition P, which will fund significant salary increases for St. Louis County Police Department officers.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson told News 4, "When St. Louis County's raises go into effect our officers will be paid $10-20,000 less and that's not fair. Our police officers deserve to be competitively paid and that's what Prop P will do.”

St. Louis County launched its campaign to push for passage of Prop P two months before the election. But with less than a month before voters go to the polls to decide on Prop P in the city, a public campaign to win the support of voters hasn't begun.

News 4 asked Mayor Krewson if she'd been laying low and delaying the launch of a campaign for Prop P because of the protests following the verdict in the Jason Stockley trial. 

"Not at all, I haven't laid low in talking about this," said Krewson.

The mayor said it doesn't make sense to spend money on a campaign far in advance when there's only one issue on the ballot. Krewson said, in those elections, voters usually wait until the last few weeks to get informed on the issue.

Krewson said, "And we have about a month, as you said, before the Election Day and you'll see more about it I'm confident." 

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