Proposed St. Louis spending plan cuts $4M to police, removes 98 vacant officer jobs

Proposed St. Louis spending plan cuts $4M to police, removes 98 vacant officer jobs

 [Ed. – Just watch violent crime skyrocket as it has in another Democrat-run cities that have made the same decision.]

A city spending plan presented Thursday would cut about $4 million from the St. Louis police budget and eliminate 98 vacant officer positions.

The Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted 2-1 in favor of the cuts, with Mayor Tishaura Jones and Comptroller Darlene Green supporting the move and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed opposed.

The $1.15 billion plan now moves to aldermen for hearings and possible amendments before it’s set to go into effect July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

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Jones’ vote, on her ninth day in office, is in keeping with campaign promises to redirect police funds to social services.

The plan moves $4 million out of the police department’s $171 million budget to go toward affordable housing, homeless services, a victims’ support program and civil rights litigators. The police budget accounts for about 15% of total city spending.

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