Joplin city leaders say sales tax projections for next year are expected to remain flat.
Joplin finance director Leslie Haase says those projections are based off of several factors, including data from this year. She says the city collects a total of five different sales taxes, ranging from law enforcement to parks and recreation. That amounts to roughly $36 million each year, and while remaining flat is not exactly what they were hoping for, it could have been worse.
“Budgeting flat is a little bit of a change from the past, however there are other communities, other places across the nation where on-line sales are affecting sales tax certainly more than what we’re seeing here in Joplin,” Haase says.
Haase says they usually budget for around a 1-2% increase in sales tax revenues each year.