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Joplin Capital Improvement Sales Tax Projects
By Gretchen Bolander
JOPLIN, MO.--- "It makes it a lot easier and I've not heard any accidents down there since it's been in, which has been a great thing," said David McKeehan, Joplin driver.
Joplin Driver David McKeehan says the Main and Zora flyover is a big improvement. He lives nearby and says the project was a good use of his tax money.
"I like it," said McKeehan.
The overpass is one of 19 projects targeted by the Capital Improvement Sales Tax 10 years ago. Construction there is done, along with most of the other priorities on the list. That leaves just a widening project on 26th Street, which is underway.
"We've taken this money and stretched it. We've gotten grants, we've partnered with MODOT, we've partnered with the counties. So we've been able to take that $44 million and do projects that total much more than that," said Leslie Haase, Joplin Finance Director.
The additional funding also means the Capital Improvements Sales Tax will help pay for an additional project, an overpass slated for 20th Street. First passed in 2004, it was expected to bring in $50 million before sunsetting in 10 years. The economic downturn took a bite out of the total.
"We're projecting just over 44 million dollars for this tax. This renewal will be on the ballot in August. If it gets renewed, we're projecting it to bring in somewhere around 46 million dollars," said Haase.
City voters will decide whether to extend the tax on August 5th. For more information, click here.