(St. Louis Public Radio) - Police and firefighters in St. Louis will get a $6,000 raise in July, after voters on Tuesday easily approved a half-cent sales tax hike.

The tax increase, known as Proposition P, passed with close to 60 percent of the vote. It will kick in in early 2018, and generate about $20 million a year. Most of the money will go toward the raises, though the circuit attorney’s office will receive about $1.3 million.

The automatic increase in the use tax, which businesses pay on goods purchased out-of-state, is earmarked for building demolition, recreation programs and other social services, although all of the spending is contingent on aldermen approving the funds as part of the budget process.

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