CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – St. Louis County voters may be asked to approve a small increase in property tax that would provide nearly $12 million annually for programs for senior citizens.

The resolution placing the measure on the November ballot was introduced to the County Council Tuesday. County Executive Steve Stenger says he expects approval of the legislation next month. The benefits he listed the measure would bring to seniors was: transportation, home care services, medication and other issues.

James Opsal of Seniors Count of Greater St. Louis says similar resolutions will be presented to St. Louis aldermen and the St. Charles County Council.

Opsal says 28 percent of St. Louis County’s population will be 65-year-old or older in the next 14 years, and believes agencies who help them are already struggling keep up with their needs.

Approval of the St. Louis County measure would increase county property bills 5 cents for each $100 in assessed valuation, or about $9.50 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

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