City voters to decide on Prop P Tuesday - KMOV.com

City voters to decide on Prop P Tuesday

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

On Tuesday, voters in St. Louis City will decide the fate of a half-cent sales tax hike that would go towards police and firefighters.

Proposition P is the only issue on the ballot in St. Louis City on Tuesday, although there is an aldermanic election in one ward.

Proposition P supporters say the measure will allow the city to give its police officers a raise and keep their salaries competitive with St. Louis County.

New St. Louis Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards questions whether the city will be able to keep qualified experienced officers without a pay raise.

Others, such as State Rep. Joshua Peters, have come out against Proposition P. Peters’ district includes much of North City. He says the city needs a better approach such as more community policing and implicit bias training for officers.

Many aldermen say they believe the vote will be close.

Voters will need to bring photo identification, like a driver’s license, passport or military ID. The law was put in place in June to prevent fraud. Anyone who does not have photo identification can still cast a ballot but may have to go through more vetting at the polls.

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