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St. Louis comptroller proposes no-tax $25M bond issue to equip firefighters

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ST. LOUIS • With city voters having already rejected a $180 million bond issue that would have raised taxes to fund new firefighting equipment, city Comptroller Darlene Green is hoping they will approve a smaller $25 million bond issue that won't require a tax hike.

In a written statement, Green proposed that the issue go on the ballot next spring.

“The last time firefighters received any substantial capital equipment was 16 years ago,” she noted in the statement. “. . . If asked, I am confident that St. Louis city voters will support our firefighters and approve $25 million no-tax increase . . . bonds this spring. They won’t see higher real estate taxes and firefighters can receive essential equipment to better serve the community.”

The earliest such a referendum could go on the ballot would be the April 5 municipal elections, Green's office said.

—This post has been updated to specify the earliest possible election for the proposed referendum.

Kevin McDermott • 314-340-8268

@kevinmcdermott on Twitter

kmcdermott@post-dispatch.com

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