The upcoming Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV will examine “Proposition Renewal,” that asks Joplin voters if they would approve a renewal of the ¼-cent Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax on August 3, 2021.
The question is titled “Proposition Renewal” because voters originally passed this ten-year sales tax in 2001 and supported its renewal in 2011. The 2011 renewal was for a ten-year period, which expires March 31, 2022. As a renewal, if passed this ballot issue will not increase the sales tax. It would remain the same. The renewal of this sales tax will continue to provide funding to address water retention and flooding issues with stormwater improvements in the next ten years. These funds will also be used for Parks projects, including developing park destinations along with beautification of the existing Parks infrastructure. If approved, the sales tax will have a sunset date of March 31, 2032.
Guests on the program are Joplin Parks and Recreation Director Paul Bloomberg, Public Works Assistant Director Dan Johnson and Proposition Renewal Citizens Committee Chairman Mike Seibert. They discuss the work of the Citizens Committee and the projects proposed to be completed with this round of funding, The group also looks back to some of the stormwater projects completed to help with flooding and stormwater issues, along with various park projects developed with these funds.
The program will air at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, July 17 on KOAM-TV, and on weeknights the week of July 19 on KGCS-TV at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. It will also be uploaded to KGCS Missouri Southern’s YouTube channel early next week.
For additional information about Proposition Renewal, citizens can visit the City’s website at joplinmo.org/elections . For questions or to request more information, contact Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer, at 417-624-0820, ext. 1204.
Newsmakers is produced by KGCS-TV, a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University. Programming may be seen over the air on channel 21 and on regional cable television systems.