Proposition Public Safety passes via vote in Herculaneum

Proposition Public Safety passed in Herculaneum during Tuesday’s general and municipal election.

277 voters cast “yes” ballots to a sales tax increase in the city that will see the funds it derives used to improve the salary of public servants, particularly officers in the Herculaneum police department.

City administrator Jim Kasten says he and the rest of the city’s employees are grateful to the public for wanting more of the service they provide.

Kasten says, now that the tax increase is in place, Herculaneum will be more competitive in the law enforcement job market.

Prop Public Safety will also use funds to hire more full-time firefighters.

It passed with almost 60 percent of the vote, outnumbering 188 “no” votes.