The Joplin City Council met for a nearly three-hour work session on Monday night to discuss the city’s 2022 budget. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
The nine-member city council along with city staff and city department heads met and discussed the future of the city’s finances. In just over a month Joplin voters will go to the polls to decide if they want to approve a 3.125% internet sales tax. If approved, the duty would tax internet purchases just like those purchases made at brick and mortar locations in Joplin, the additional assets would go towards funding the city. Joplin City Manager Nick Edwards spoke about a possible revenue crisis for Joplin at the meeting Monday. “This graph is important to me. I think it visually tells the picture when you all hear the question. Why doesn’t the city do this? Or why can’t we do this? Or why can’t we pay for that? We are running into a revenue ceiling.”
On Sunday, the Joplin Globe reported that neighboring Webb City has collected over one million dollars in online use tax revenue since that city passed the 2.5% sales tax in 2017. Officials believe that the city is losing nearly four million dollars annually due to not collecting the tax. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro