What projects were completed with the revenues from the 2011 Parks and Stormwater sales tax?

Funds from the 2011 renewal provided funding to revitalize Schifferdecker Pool to an aquatic center that provides pool activities for all ages and skill levels. Several of Joplin Parks also received upgrades and improvements including the Landreth Park playground that now offers more accessible features along with shade partitions and the Skate Park at Ewert Park. 

In addition, City roadways are much more manageable during large rainfall incidents because of the stormwater projects completed with these revenues. The largest stormwater project focused on open and closed channels in the area of 7th Street and Illinois Avenue where Joplin Creek flows flowing under 7th Street and continuing through Ewert Park. Stormwater capacity for Joplin Creek and Iowa Branch was expanded to prevent future flooding in the area. This included inlets, sidewalks, and new larger pipes for better management.

Other stormwater management projects were completed near Turkey Creek at Florida Avenue and Newman Road, along with work to alleviate issues in several neighboring areas, including B Street & Porter Avenue and 31st and Pennsylvania Avenue. Both neighborhoods had limited drainage capacity which created an unsafe situation for drivers going through ponding water in the streets. 

In total, the City of Joplin will complete $33.6 million worth of projects from the 2011 sales tax.

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1. Is this a new tax?
2. If passed, will this ballot issue increase the sales tax for Joplin?
3. What projects would be completed if the renewal of the sales tax passes?
4. What projects were completed with the revenues from the 2011 Parks and Stormwater sales tax?
5. Why are we voting on it now?
6. Why do we need a renewal if the City has had funding in past years to make improvements to Parks and Stormwater?
7. What is the current sales tax rate in Joplin?
8. How are the sales taxes spent by the City?
9. How much of the sales tax does the City of Joplin receive?
10. How much money will be raised if this issue passes?
11. Doesn’t the City have enough dollars to complete these projects without using a Parks and Stormwater tax?
12. If voters approve this, how long will this renewal last?
13. How did the City determine which projects to fund with this sales tax?
14. How will the public know these funds are being spent on the stated projects?
15. What is the Ballot Language for this sales tax renewal?