Parsons and Pittsburg vote to increase sales tax in their communities
Updated September 18, 2013: Voters in both Parsons and Pittsburg, Kansas went to the polls on Tuesday.
On the ballots in each community -- a proposed half-cent sales tax increase for 10 years. In Parsons, the money would be used to fund new police staff as well as fire equipment. In Parsons the funding would help the fire department.
In Pittsburg the proposal passed: Yes - 767 (60%) No - 502
In Parsons, the proposal passed as well: Yes - 609 (82%) No - 131
The increase in Parsons and in Pittsburg will go into effect in January.
Updated September 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM CST: Voters in Parsons and Pittsburg hit the polls on Tuesday to decide whether or not to add a half cent to the city's sales tax.
Pittsburg's special election was approved by city commissioners back in June. The city manager says the tax would go toward additional police and new fire department equipment, generating up to $1.8 million each year.
We caught up with some voters who say the increase is necessary.
"I voted in favor of it because I think we need more police and fire protection, I think it makes Pittsburg a better place to live," says Larry Garman.
"Pittsburg has lots of renters, I am one of those people, and I don't pay property tax but I believe in having a very safe living environment and if this is the way we need to do it then that's what we need to do," says Janet Bryant. "I think it's the most fair for everyone involved."
The tax, if approved, would begin in January and stay in place for 10 year.
The special election in Parsons is a similar proposal. The proposal there is to increase the sales tax in their city by one half of a percent, bringing it to 8.9%
The money would fund fire department renovations and equipment.
We will have results from both the Parsons and Pittsburg special elections tonight on KOAM News at 10.
Updated September 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM CST: Polls are open but slow with only 65 ballots cast at the Parsons Middle School.
Posted September 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM CST: Parsons and Pittsburg residents are voicing their opinions on proposed tax increases in their area.
A special election is underway in Pittsburg where the proposed half cent sales tax would be used to help fund additional police officers and equipment for the fire department. City officials believe the tax would generate $1.8 million each year.
Parsons residents are voting on a half-cent sales tax proposal that would fund fire department renovations and equipment.