Public safety sales tax helps Kansas City police

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The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners yesterday increased the policd department’s budget by 12 percent, to $169.7 million for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Most of the increase, $13.9 million, derives from a public-safety sales tax that voters approved last April to build and repair police facilities, the Kansas City Star reports. Without the sales-tax revenue, the budget would be 3 percent above the $151.3 million budget for 2002-03. The new budget includes money for 20 new police officers to be hired beginning Nov. 1, part of a plan to add 250 officers over eight years.


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