Voters in Webster Groves on April 4 overwhelmingly approved Prop R, an 8-cent per $100 of assessed valuation property tax increase to boost retirement funding for the city's police, fire and non-public safety staff.
The vote was 3,372 in favor and 1,857 opposed to the proposition.
Mayor Gerry Welch thanked residents for supporting the city through passage of the initiative.
"This vote was a recognition of the professional work of our police, fire and non-public safety staff in providing outstanding service for our city," she said. "Experienced, committed and well-trained staff members are the most valuable resources for providing excellent city services, and we are grateful that the funds from Prop R will allow us to continue to serve our community with distinction."
The measure will raise the current property tax rate from 12 cents to as much as 20 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The owner of a home valued at $271,000 can expect a tax increase of $41.19 annually, or $3.43 per month, city officials have said.
The previous levy for police and firefighter pension benefits was 12 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The new tax rate will become effective July 1.
The ballot proposal increases police and firefighter retirement benefits from 2 to 2.5 percent of average salary, times a person's years of service with the city.