On August 3, 2021, Joplin citizens will vote on the question of renewing a ¼ -cent sales tax for parks projects and stormwater improvements.
As the City of Joplin continues to grow, so does the need for services. A significant element in any city relates to the quality of life issues that includes enjoying clean and well-maintained parks with green space, playgrounds, and trails. Activities, programs, and events are also important for citizens as many seek leisure and sports-related offerings for themselves and their families.
Citizens would not be able to enjoy these park-related offerings, if they couldn’t reach these places because the stormwater system is insufficient, causing overflow and flooding in our streets and parks.
To address these types of park projects and stormwater issues, the City utilizes revenues from the ¼-cent Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax. Citizens originally passed this initiative in 2001 and then renewed it in 2011. It is set to expire on March 31, 2022. By completing identified stormwater projects in commercial and high traffic areas, the [flooding occurrence is significantly reduced]. Funds also go towards [park projects and improvements] and help with ongoing maintenance for Joplin’s parks system.
Momentum is growing in Joplin. A renovated downtown area, multiple walking trails throughout the City and urban forests, development of a multi-field ball complex, and beautification and improvements throughout our park system has created an outdoor resurgence.
With an increasing audience, the City has the responsibility to plan for and manage long-term stormwater issues, as well as maintain and develop park amenities and recreation activities for our citizens and visitors to Joplin.
During 2020, City staff worked with consultants to develop ten-year master plans for our stormwater system and the Parks and Recreation Department. For each area, citizens' input was gathered through public meetings, surveys, and ongoing discussions about how improvements could impact Joplin’s future.
Recommendations for the next ten years are an important component of the master plans for each area. The identified projects and developments, along with necessary maintenance of the systems, focus on the community’s wishes and city infrastructure needs, while addressing the quality of life for Joplin.
We encourage our citizens to learn more about this initiative and projects that have been identified for this funding and vote on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. This is an important question for our citizens to decide for the future.