Jasper County sheriff asks voters to extend quarter cent sales tax

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Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser is asking voters to extend a quarter cent sales tax this coming April.

He says those funds would be used to add on to the jail, if voters approve the extension. In 2016, Jasper county voters approved the tax for construction of a juvenile detention facility in Joplin, and renovations to the courthouse in Carthage. That tax generates roughly four million dollars each year.

Kaiser says when the jail was last expanded, it was with 110 prisoners per day in mind. He says last year, the jail averaged 233 inmates a day. Kaiser says this wouldn’t be a new tax, but an extension of the current one already being paid. He says if approved, the sales tax would expire in approximately 15 years.

“It’s also important to note that two thirds of our sales tax income in Jasper county comes from people who are traveling through or visiting our county, and it’s also important to note that this equates out for the average family in Jasper county to about 24 dollars a year,” says Kaiser.

Kaiser says funds would also be used for upgrades at the Joplin Courthouse and more work at the Carthage Courthouse. The question will be on the ballot this coming April.

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