Comptroller Green Proposes $25 Million Bond Issue for Firefighters

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) St. Louis City’s comptroller wants to ask voters in April’s election for more money for firefighters — but there’s a catch.

Taxes wouldn’t be raised to do it.

“We owe taxpayers to be responsible with their tax dollars before asking them to vote to raise their taxes,” says Darlene Green.

Green says the city’s current levy allows $25 million in general obligation bonds to be issued — but Green says that’s far from what’s needed, as St. Louis City firefighters haven’t had capital equipment upgrades since 1999. Voters still have to approve it, though.

Voters rejected a $180 million bond issue in August, which would have required a tax hike. Firefighters aren’t included in the half-cent sales tax that goes to police, parks and the wards every year.

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