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The Gateway Arch dominates the skyline in this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS  •  The city's comptroller said on Wednesday that the region needs to come together and support a crime prevention fund for downtown.

"I’m calling on all city leaders to act now and contribute more of the revenues generated from their operations to help crime prevention efforts in the city," said Comptroller Darlene Green. "In addition to city leaders, we need the support of stakeholders from throughout the region as partners, both public and private, to fight violent crimes."

Crime has grabbed the headlines in recent weeks, particularly in downtown St. Louis. 

"As the city of St. Louis enters into a new budget year, an important aspect the city’s continued growth and vitality is its downtown — where businesses, tourists, sports fans and residents all converge," Green said. "Sustaining a bustling and safe downtown is paramount. Therefore, guaranteeing public safety commands our immediate attention."

The city is currently in the budget process for the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1. 

Green said: "Because downtown St. Louis is a regional asset, the new fund will have its own dedicated source of revenue that flows from throughout the region. Let’s do it!"

It remains unclear if the push will gain traction at the Board of Aldermen, where 28 aldermen represent wards scattered throughout the city. But Green makes up one vote of three at the city's Board of Estimate and Apportionment, a critical body during the budget process. 

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Nicholas J.C. Pistor is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.