Joplin residents make passionate and emotional statements on both sides of Proposition Public Safety

Joplin Police Officer Jake Reed

The Joplin City Council met for one final time on Monday before residents went to the polls today to decide Proposition Public Safety. The measure would raise property taxes in Joplin by about 20 percent to pay for several improvements to police and fire services in the community. Among the speakers last night was the father of Joplin Police Officer Jake Reed, who was killed in the line of duty in March, along with Corporal Benjamin Cooper. Bob Reed pleaded with council members and Joplin residents to pass the Proposition. “I’m here today for Jake asking or begging that the residents of Joplin approve the Proposition Public Safety ballot measure in order to pay your police officers and firemen what they deserve and to fill open positions.” If approved by a 50 percent plus one vote majority, the police and fire salary increases would go into effect on Tuesday, November 1, the first day of the 2022-2023 Joplin city budget. Polls in Missouri are open from 6 am until 7 tonight.

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