Joplin residents to vote on third proposition in nine months next week

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By the time Joplin residents cast their ballots for Proposition Public Safety next week, it would have been the city’s third Proposition in the last nine months.

Voters approved Proposition Use Tax last November but rejected a bond measure earlier this year to rehabilitate Memorial Hall.

Next week they’ll decide whether to establish a new personal and property tax at $1 for every $100 of assessed value. In a Facebook Live video this week, Fire Chief Adam Grimes explains what else the Proposition includes.

“One thing that’s important about that contract is, it’s a five-year contract, but that doesn’t mean it expires. What does it mean that it stops at five years? The contract will continue for the next five years. That five years is just the deadline if you will for either party, the FOP, IFF, or the city wants to go back to the table.”

Approximately 9 million dollars will be raised by the new taxes annually, with about 4 million going to hire a combination of 40 new police and fire staff. Primary day is next Tuesday.

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