Election Issue Results

November 2019 - General Sales Tax for Police and Fire Pension

In the November 5, 2029 Election, Joplin residents voted YES on PROPOSITION “B”:  impose a general sales tax for the purpose of providing revenues to close the City of Joplin Police and Fire Pension Plan to new hires, migrating new hires to the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS), and for the transfer of eligible pension employees to LAGERS, with said tax to expire upon the Pension Plan reaching a fully-funded one hundred twenty percent (120%) status as determined by an independent actuarial study conducted for the City of Joplin or twelve (12) years after enactment, whichever is earlier.

Election Results

  • Yes: 77.48% (3352)
  • No:  22.52% (974)

August 2018 - Use Tax

In the August 7, 2910 Election, Joplin residents voted NO to impose a local use tax. 

Election Results

  • Yes: 45.41% (3799)
  • No: 54.59% (4567)

August 2016 - Local Sales Tax on Out-of-State-Purchases

In the August 2, 2016 Election, Joplin residents voted not to discontinue applying and collecting the local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that were purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer. The continued sales tax will commence at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of January 2017.

       Election Results

  • Yes: 33.35% (2069)
  • No: 66.65 % (4134)

August 2014 - Capital Improvement Sales Tax

In the August 5, 2014 election, Joplin residents voted YES to extend a sales tax of three-eighths (3/8ths) of one percent (1%) for a period of ten (10) years for the purpose of funding capital improvements.

Election Results

  • Yes: 52.53% (3029)
  • No: 44.48% (2545) 

April 2014 - Curbside Recycling Charter

In the April 8, 2014 Election, Joplin residents voted:

  • No on Proposition A – a residential curbside recycling program
    • Yes: 47.47% (3466) 
    • No: 52.53% (3835)
  • No on amending Section 2.02 of the Charter of the City of Joplin, which would reduce the time a person must be a resident of the City from four (4) years to two (2) years in order to qualify for election to the Joplin City Council and further amended to require that a person be a registered voter for two (2) years immediately prior to the election to the Joplin City Council instead of 4 (four) years.
    • Yes: 44.43% (2982)
    • No: 58.57% (4216)
  • No on amending Section 2.03 of the Charter of the City of Joplin, Missouri, to establish a salary of one hundred dollars per month for each council member while serving on the Joplin City Council.
    • Yes: 42.63% (3065)
    • No: 57.37% (4125)
  • No on amending Section 7.01and Section 7.02 of the Charter of the City of Joplin, Missouri, to remove the requirement that the public works director be a registered engineer and identifying the position responsible to become the city engineer in the event the public works director is not a registered engineer. 
    • Yes: 38.43% (2727)
    • No: 61.57% (4369)

November 2013 - Use Tax

In the November 5, 2013 Election, Joplin residents voted NO on a Use Tax 

Election Results

  • Yes: 31.41% (653)
  • No: 58.44% (1215) 

April 2011 - Parks and Stormwater Renewal Sales Tax

On August 2, 2021, Joplin residents voted YES to extend the Parks & Stormwater Renewal Sales Tax of one-quarter (1/4) of one percent (1%) for a period of ten (10) years for the purpose of providing funding for stormwater control and local parks improvements for the city.

Election Results:                   

  • Yes: 82.43% (1760)
  • No: 17.56% (375)

August 2010 - Museum Sales Tax

In the April 6, 2010 election, Joplin residents voted NO on Proposition A - Museum Sales Tax: The tax would impose a sales tax of up to one-sixth (1/6th) of one percent (1%), solely for the purpose of funding the operation, construction, or renovation of historical locations and museums to promote tourism. 

Election Results:

  • Yes: 18.14% (928)          
  • No 75.89% (3882)