Joplin Capital Improvement Sales Tax Proposed Renewal

Published 07/17 2014 06:12PM

Updated 07/17 2014 07:25PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin residents will be receiving a brochure and a sample ballot in the mail regarding the renewal of the Capital Improvement Sales Tax. The brochure contains all the information about what the tax will cost residents and how the question is worded on the August ballot.

"This gives them the opportunity to learn a little bit more about how we got to this process and why the city is asking for a renewal," said Lynn Onstot, Joplin Public Information Officer.

The 3/8 cent sales tax originally passed in 2004 and generated $44 million in revenue that went towards accomplishing 19 road projects. Some of the completed projects include the Zora and Main Street interchange, and the railroad overpass on Connecticut Avenue and 26th Street. 

"As the traffic volumes increase on our system, that capacity of a street can be exceeded and basically you get to a point where it's unsafe for people to be driving on some of these streets," said Nick Heatherly, Joplin Public Works Director.

The Citizens Task Force reviewed 43 road projects in Joplin earlier this year, and decided on 14 new projects over the next 10 year period if the tax is passed. 

"The 43 projects totaled up to be over 200 million dollars. So this sales tax only generates about 46 million dollars over the next 10 years as projected," said Heatherly. 

Some of the proposed projects include widening the lanes on 32nd Street from Schifferdecker to Country Club Drive, and also widening Connecticut from 32nd to 44th.

"Sometimes, you know, an intersection might need stop signs, it might need widening, a right lane turn. You know, different things added as those 10 years go on," said Onstot.

Joplin voters will be able to vote on the tax during the upcoming election on August 5th. For the complete list of all 14 projects, click here. 

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