Two weeks from today Joplin voters will go to the polls to decide the fate of a quarter cent sales tax renewal. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Tuesday, August 3 will be the day the residents of Joplin will choose whether to extend the parks and stormwater sales tax for the third time. Initially, the measure was approved by residents in 2001, then renewed in 2011. It’s next to expire on March 31 of next year. If approved, the measure would not increase the sales tax rate in the city, only extend the ¼-cent tax for an additional 10-year period. The funds would go towards improvement to Joplin’s stormwater and parks system. It would also maintain the 3.125% sales tax in the city. City officials estimate that approximately $41 million will be raised by the ¼ cent sales tax renewal over the ten-year period that would end on March 31, 2032.