Franklin County, MO voters will consider a half-cent sales tax proposal on the ballot April 3. Revenues will go to increasing law enforcement pay and fund a new jail.
The Franklin County Labor/Political Committee has endorsed the measure and recently donated $250 to the Citizens for Prop. P Committee.
“After attending a Proposition P informational forum, hearing the facts, and comprehending the numbers, the Franklin County Labor/ Political Committee stands firmly behind Prop. P with a full endorsement,” Labor/Political Committee President John Smreker (Iron Workers 396) said. “Franklin County and the cities within should be able to pay competitive wages to retain the well-trained deputies and officers who know, serve and protect our communities.”
One-half of the collected tax, or one-quarter cent, will go for salaries in the sheriff’s department and municipal police departments in the county. The remainder wil go toward constructing a new Franklin County jail and communication facilities.
Smreker said overcrowding in the county’s current jail, some prisoners have to be transferred to other counties, at a cost to Franklin County taxpayers of about $50 a day, plus transportation.
“Consider the fuel and mileage on patrol cars and the lost time that a deputy could be protecting and serving our community,” Smreker said.