City of Ste. Genevieve voters on April 2 passed an increase of $0.2684 per $100 of assessed valuation in the city’s property tax levy for improving public safety through increasing police department salaries.
Proposition P passed with 335 votes in favor to 291 against, or 53.5 percent to 46.5 percent.
The city’s previous property tax rate — which includes general revenue, cemetery, Municipal Band, and parks and recreation levies — was $0.7316 per $100 of assesssed valuation in 2017 and 2018.
Police chief Eric Bennett, who campaigned door to door for the measure, expressed his pleasure at seeing it pass.
“We’re pleased with the outcome,” Bennett said. “It was certainly more narrow than we were hoping. I’ve already spoken with all of my officers and we’re certainly grateful and appreciative for everybody that did come out and support us.”
See complete story in the April 10 edition of the Herald.