圣路易斯郡可能要加税了

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圣路易斯郡郡长长 Steve Stenger和警察局长 John Belmar. St. Louis Police Chief John Belmar and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (File photo by Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio)

【圣路易时报讯】为了圣路易斯郡公共安全和警力,圣路易斯郡可能要加税,圣路易斯郡郡长长 Steve Stenger 日前要求郡议会在明年4月4日选举时加入一条公民投票案,要在圣路易斯郡提高销售税一个半美分钱, 这项增加的税收要在在圣路易斯郡和郡内的各市政单位的警力和公共安全,预计增加的税收为八千万元。

Stenger郡长表示,如果经郡议会通过,那么选民即可在明年4月的选举投票中决定是否愿意提高销售税来加强全郡警力配置和郡民公共安全。

如果投票通过,圣路易郡将可收取部分税款,而每一个在郡内的市政单位也将会以该市人口数目而获得比例的税款。

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圣路易斯郡警察局长John Belmar说,如果提高销售税通过,郡警局即可增加警察编制由880人到1000人,如果需要,每辆巡逻车上可有两名警察,警察薪水也可以提高,并加强训练课程,同时可配备人身摄像机(目前郡警察局系向私人公司借贷95台)和仪表板摄像机。

Belmar局长表示,他极力支持这项加税案,所得经费是全郡警力和公共安全所必须的,让我们的警察能够安全的执行任务。

St. Louis County Executive Asks Council to Place Public Safety Measure on Ballot

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is asking the County Council to place a proposition on the April, 2017 ballot to provide additional funds to improve police and public safety in St. Louis County and each of the municipalities within the County. The funds would come from a one-half of one-cent increase in the sales tax.

“If approved by the County Council, voters will decide if they want to provide additional funds for public safety to ensure that officers, no matter where they patrol, would have additional resources to safely and effectively protect the residents of St. Louis County,” County Executive Stenger said.

If voters approve the measure, St. Louis County will receive a portion of the funds and each municipality in St. Louis County would receive a share of the revenues based on its population.

St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar said if approved by voters, the County’s portion of the revenue generated by the tax would enable:
* Hiring more officers
* Having a second police officer in patrol cars when necessary
* Increasing police salaries
* Expanding officer training on topics such as peaceful conflict resolution
* Providing body cameras, and
* Installing dashboard cameras.

“I strongly support this proposal,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “The funds would provide much needed resources which are necessary to improve police and public safety across our county and to allow our officers to do their jobs safely.”

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