ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis aldermen secured an extra $200,000┬áto put toward crime prevention programs targeting young people.

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed says the city spends a lot of money on public safety but not enough on prevention.

“The amount of money we spend on preventative services is fairly little,” Reed says. I think the more money we can spend on preventative services, to target very specific programs, I think we’re going to be better off. We’re going to be a stronger city because of it.”

The Youth at Risk Crime Prevention fund doled out $866,000 to 26 programs. Reed says he’ll try pushing that to $1 million in the next fiscal year.

He also wants to take $1.5 million earmarked for parking garage upgrades and put that toward recreation center upgrades throughout the city. That money is part of a $25 million bond issue voters have to approve in April. The targeted rec centers include Buder, Cherokee, Gamble, Marquette, Tandy, 12th & Park and Wohl.

Reed says tens of millions in repair needs exist at these centers. It’s so far unclear what specifically that money would be used for.

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