Next week voters throughout Southwest Missouri will go to the polls to vote in municipal and city elections. Residents of Joplin will vote to extend a quarter-cent sales tax. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
The parks project and stormwater improvement sales tax renewal would be an extension of a quarter-cent sales tax that Joplin voters first approved 20 years ago. The quarter-cent cost of the sales tax is unchanged during that time. One of the new proposed projects, the Dover Outdoor Recreation Area Bicycle Park would cost the city, 1.75 million dollars. Appearing earlier this month on KGCS’s Newsmakers, Paul Bloomberg Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Joplin spoke about the plan. “The nice part of this project is that we’re hoping that this would connect, as a trail connection to Landreth park. Connectivity and trails are a huge one too, especially after the pandemic that we’re experiencing, our parks have been a huge part of getting people outside and trails is a huge aspect of that.” If passed the sales tax is estimated to raise about 41 million dollars over the 10-year period and would expire in March of 2032. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro