PITTSBURG, KS.--- Two safety departments in Pittsburg will be making equipment and personnel upgrades with more money coming to their budget. The city of Pittsburg started collecting a public safety sales tax on January 1st. Now, city leaders hope to use the half-cent sales tax to buy a new truck and equipment for the fire department. The police department is looking to hire more officers to their staff. Pittsburg Fire Chief Mike Simons says the additional funds will allow both departments to be better in emergency situations.
"It will benefit the community as a whole because it's going to increase our abilities to, to respond in a fast and safe manner, and to assist the community in a quicker way," said Mike Simons, Pittsburg Fire Chief.
Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall says the sales tax will bring in an estimated $1.8 million a year for the departments.