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   St. Louis County may need to pay more for police salaries in order to keep key personnel from leaving.  That's according to Chief Jon Belmar, who presented a draft compensation study to the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday.  

   The study compared the wages paid to county police personnel with the paychecks delivered to employees of a sample of area departments as well as similarly sized agencies across the country.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the study shows the median pay for police in St. Louis County is $45,500 while the median salaries for other police in the study was $60,000.  Chief Belmar tells the paper the pay disparity is already costing the department officers.

   This isn't a new issue for the county.  Former Police Chief Tim Fitch had proposed the formation of a special taxing district to help bridge the pay gap.  

   The board is expected to revisit the issue next month in advance of the county's 2015 budget-planning process which begins in May.

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