Tax revenue up in Joplin; will it continue?

Last week new members of the Joplin city council were sworn in; tonight, they’ll get an update on the city’s finances. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

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Tonight, during the informal portion of the Joplin city council meeting, new council members Kate Spencer, Dr. Mark Farnham, Josh DeTar, and the rest of the council will receive a presentation on the city’s finances. According to data available on the city’s website, the three new council members will join during a time of prosperity.

This month alone, city officials estimate that Joplin will bring in over 1.5 million dollars in sales tax revenue, an increase of 6.26% during the same period last year. The city is also experiencing a monthly increase in sale tax revenue from April 2021 to 2022 of over 15%. Sale tax revenue is being aided by continuing low employment, which according to the St. Louis Federal reserve, is around 3%, that’s down from a pandemic high of over 12.5% in April of 2020.

The informal portion of the Joplin city council meeting gets underway tonight at 5:15. For a video link to the meeting, visit

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