St. Louis board backs Cure Violence initiative

The city's top fiscal body on Tuesday agreed to allocate $500,000 for a violence prevention program such as Cure Violence in the fiscal year beginning next month.

But the Board of Estimate and Apportionment disagreed with the aldermanic Ways and Means Committee's recommendation last week that such a program be funded by reducing the amount allocated for police overtime.

Instead, the board voted 2-0 to go along with Budget Director Paul Payne's proposal that the program instead be funded using part of the money paid by the federal government for housing federal prisoners in the city jail downtown.

The $500,000 had been allocated to contractual services for the jail building and its grounds.

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