Quantcast

Newton County releases figures on how $2.5 million generated by - KOAM TV 7

Newton County releases figures on how $2.5 million generated by road improvement tax is spent

Updated:
Newton County released new figures today detailing how it has spent the $2.5 million generated by a road improvement tax that was approved by voters in 2011. 
Those who drive Newton County roads say there is room for improvement.
"When you're driving around and you see potholes and things that should be fixed, they should be fixed," said Laurel Cagle, Newton County resident.
County commissioners say some of those changes are coming this summer.
The road improvement sales tax began generating a substantial amount of revenue in 2012.
The first year brought in $1 million and the past year, nearly $1.5 million.
With that funding, nearly 70 miles worth of road projects have been completed so far and preparations for more projects are already underway.
"We're getting them prepared for hard surface," said Marilyn Ruestman, Newton County Commissioner.  "We may be putting down a base rock and then waiting a year, and letting traffic drive over it.  Then we'll come back and put a chip and seal or some kind of a hard surface on that."
Nearly 50 miles of projects were completed in 2013 alone.
County commissioners hope another 50 miles worth of work will be completed by the end of the year.
"You'll see a lot of activity June through October," Ruestman said.
The county is divided into 8 separate road districts, each with their own projects ranging anywhere from $8,000 to $35,000.
The first 50% of the sales tax revenue is divided evenly among the districts on a per mile basis.
"The second 50% of that sales tax, excludes Joplin and Neosho, so the balance, $750,000, is divided equally among the remaining 6 districts by mile," said Alan Cook, Newton County Commissioner.
Commissioners say this provides a huge benefit to the smaller districts.
"It's worked very well because some of the very small districts that had very little income, now have additional income that they really didn't have a way to get otherwise," Ruestman said.
The quarter-cent sales tax sunsets in 2017.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

    Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:25 GMT
    What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable. More >>
    What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable. More >>
  • Restaurant Shows Appreciate to Emergency Service With Free Lunch

    Restaurant Shows Appreciate to Emergency Service With Free Lunch

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:09:28 GMT
    Labor day may means a day off for students and many workers...but there are some who work year round. One restaurant is showing appreciating for those workers service and saying thanks this holiday.More >>
    Labor day may means a day off for students and many workers...but there are some who work year round. One restaurant is showing appreciating for those workers service and saying thanks this holiday.More >>
  • Bright Futures adds two more schools

    Bright Futures adds two more schools

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:56:46 GMT
    Bright Futures has two new affiliates for a total of 25. Bentonville, Arkansas and Poplar Bluff, Missouri will have the organizations that connect businesses, faith based groups and service partners to work with school districts to meet students needs including personal items like shoes to school supplies. Bentonville school district serves 15,000 students while Poplar Bluff serves 5,200 students.More >>
    Bright Futures has two new affiliates for a total of 25. Bentonville, Arkansas and Poplar Bluff, Missouri will have the organizations that connect businesses, faith based groups and service partners to work with school districts to meet students needs including personal items like shoes to school supplies. Bentonville school district serves 15,000 students while Poplar Bluff serves 5,200 students.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.