Vote No On Proposition P: Stop Regressive Sales Taxes

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7th Ward Independent Democrats Urge You To Vote No On Prop P

What are your Tax Dollars buying?
34% goes to Police and Police Pensions

How much will Sales Tax be in special taxing districts if Prop P passes?
At Field Foods on Lafayette: 11.6790% Sales Tax

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The $10,000 St Louis City Prop P Challenge

DGONPq3U0AIGEkyAccording to the Proposition P campaign literature, Proposition P has the following earmarked dollars…

“$12.8 million to increase salaries and benefits for police officers and to fill the 100 vacancies in the department.

$5.4 million to increase salaries and benefits for firefighters.

$1.5 million for the Circuit Attorney’s Office.

$3.6 million for more summer and after-school jobs, recreation programs for kids, mental health and social workers, and building demolition.”

Here’s how you win $10,000.

Be the first person to post here the line(s) of the ballot issue or enabling legislation which state(s) the specific dollar amounts $12.5 million, $5.4 million, $1.5 million, $3.6 million.

Or, be the first person to post here the line(s) of the ballot issue or enabling legislation which state(s) the number of police vacancies to be filled via this tax increase; or

Or, be the first person to post here the line(s) of the ballot issue or enabling legislation which state(s) the words “summer and after-school jobs, recreation programs for kids, mental health and social workers, and building demolition.”

To assist you…

Proposition P ballot language

Enabling Legislation- Board Bill 60, Ordinance #70580

Often in a ballot measure, there is an “Exhibit” mentioned in, and attached to, the board bill/ordinance with specific amounts for specific programs listed. No such Exhibit is a part of the enabling legislation for Proposition P. It’s not posted here to help you win the prize because it does not exist in the ordinance. In this contest, you must use the law (binding), not the campaign mailers (not binding).

Punctuation has meaning in law. In the case of Proposition P, what appears to be a simple comma is actually enormously important.

From the Board Bill/Ordinance, in “solely for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the department of public safety, including police and fire divisions…” the comma separating “public safety” and “including police and fire” means the examples after the comma are a nonrestrictive element. It means the examples of where money may be spent are some examples, not all examples, of where the money may be spent.

While the ballot language has more specific examples, it doesn’t alter the fact that they are just examples.

The “solely for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the department of public safety” becomes the most important part of the legislation. That is the restriction- the Sales Tax money must to be spent within the Public Safety Department.

But the Public Safety Department is much more than just the Police Department and Fire Department. It also includes Building Division, City Emergency Management Agency, (Police) Civilian Oversight Board, Corrections Division, Excise Division, Neighborhood Stabilization Team, and Office of Special Events. Proposition P money may be appropriated to any of those programs as well as Police Department and Fire Department.

The campaign literature is not based on the law. It is a sales pitch.

If I am wrong, show me.

Show me and win $10,000.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman