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Joplin Capital Improvement Sales Tax Ballot Proposal
By Carla Pesono
JOPLIN, MO.--- The Citizens Committee met with the Joplin City Council tonight, recommending the Capital Improvement Sales Tax be placed on the ballot. The three-eighths cent sales tax is set to expire in January. If renewed, the tax will be for another 10 years and used for street improvements and transportation related projects. This would help fund projects that wouldn't be able to happen without this money. Public Works Director Nick Heatherly says this will not be a sales tax increase, just a renewal of the current sales tax.
"List for over two million dollars worth of projects were identified in this process that the sales tax will generate between 45 and 50 million dollars over the next 10 years," said Nick Heatherly, Public Works Director.
The council will officially authorize putting this issue on the ballot at Monday's meeting. Voters will be able to decide on the sales tax renewal in August.