STL Co. Councilman voices concerns over Prop P money and officer -

STL Co. Councilman voices concerns over Prop P money and officer pensions

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Concerns are being raised over the logistics of raises for St. Louis County Police.

St. Louis County voters approved Proposition P earlier in 2017.  St. Louis County Police are set to receive $46 million, with the first chunk of that money being a 30 percent raise for officers.

St. Louis County Councilman Sam Page called a hearing Thursday because of concerns he has about whether the raise will create funding issues for officer pensions. The council chambers were packed.

“We’ve found that passing large items in a rush causes problems,” said Page.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said the pension will continue to be funded at the same rate.

“26 cents for every dollar has to be forwarded to our pension, and that’s what we’ve always done,” said Stenger.

Prop P marks the first significant raise for St. Louis County officers in years. The County Council still must vote to approve the raises and fund the pension by the end of 2017.

Other aspects of Prop P, such as hiring more officers, are expected to come after the raises. 

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