Capital Improvement Sales Tax Projects Aired to Residents - KOAM TV 7

Capital Improvement Sales Tax Projects Aired to Residents

Joplin voters will address the question of whether to renew a capital improvement sales tax dedicated to major road projects within the city at the upcoming August 5 election. Originally passed by voters in 2004, the 3/8-cent sales tax has provided revenues to complete 19 road projects in the past ten years.  This revenue source will end on January 1, 2015.

Earlier in 2014, a citizens task force reviewed the past projects along with the ongoing needs for capital road improvements in Joplin, and recommended to the City Council to ask voters to renew the sales tax for a ten-year period. The task force reviewed 43 projects and prioritized the list to include 14 projects for the next 10 years. If passed, the capital improvement sales tax is projected to bring in approximately $46 million. An educational brochure about the renewal can be found at http://www.joplinmo.org/DocumentCenter/View/3112 .

The upcoming edition of Newsmakers discusses the process of the committee, the completed projects and the list of projects for the next ten years. Host Judy Stiles visits with Public Works Director Nick Heatherly and Harold McCoy, Chairman of the Capital Improvement Sales Tax Renewal Committee, about this issue.   The interview program may be seen on KGCS-TV at the following times:

Wed. July 23 – 8:00 p.m.

Mon. July 28 – 5:30, 8:30 p.m.

Tue. July 29 – 5:30 p.m.

Wed. July 30 – 5:30 p.m.

Mon. Aug. 4 – 8:30 p.m.

KOAM – Sat. July 26 – 5:30 a.m.

The interview can also be found on Missouri Southern’s YouTube channel at


Newsmakers is produced by KGCS-TV, a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.  KGCS programming airs over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

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