JOPLIN, Mo. - Just one week from Tuesday, residents in the Show-Me State will vote on an array of ballot measures, including one that could have a big impact on Missouri state parks -- Amendment 1.
The measure would call for a 10-year renewal of an existing sales tax in the amount of 1/10 of a cent. State Senator Ron Richard says a "yes" vote would help maintain one of the best start park systems in the country.
"I think they do a pretty good job job generally with maintenance of parks and expanding some parks. I know there's been some controversy about park land purchases by the state, but overall they've done a great job and I'm optimistic it will pass," said State Senator Ron Richard.
State parks in Southwest Missouri directly affected by that tax money include Roaring River, the Harry S. Truman Birthplace, and Prairie State Park. Unlike most issues before lawmakers this year, Richard says this issue has had bi-partisan support in Jefferson City.
"Part of our tourism budget is based on what the parks generate, too, and the fact that they're enhanced or better it just makes it better for Missouri," Richard explained.
The proposal needs a simple majority to remain in effect for another ten years.