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The Public Information Office publishes a quarterly newsletter that is mailed to all residential households in Joplin. Residents will receive this mailing in January, April, July and October of each year. Questions or comments about this publication can be addressed through the Public Information Office at (417) 624-0820, ext. 1204.
To obtain an interview with a City Official, contact the Public Information Officer at 417-624-0820 ext. 1204.
Youth instructional leagues are sponsored by Joplin Parks and Recreation. Call (417) 625-4750 for details.
For policy suggestions to the Tree Advisory Board, call the City Clerk’s Office at 624-0820 ext. 220.
Schifferdecker Golf Course is owned and maintained by the City of Joplin Department of Parks and Recreation. For information about hours of operation, green fees or season passes, please call Schifferdecker Golf Course at (417) 624-3533 or visit https://www.joplingolf.org/.
Schifferdecker Golf Course provides golf lessons for children and adults. For information, call Schifferdecker Golf Course at (417) 624-3533.
For information about the walking, jogging, biking or hiking trails, call Joplin Parks and Recreation at (417) 625-4750.
Please call the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department at (417) 627-8879.
Joplin has 23 parks throughout the city. If you have questions about park locations in your area, call the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department at (417) 625-4750.
For information regarding locations, fees and hours of public swimming pools, or to inquire about classes, call the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department at (417) 625-4750 or visit http://www.joplinmo.org/788/Aquatics.
If you would like to download a copy of your accident report, visit the Carfax website at www.crashdocs.org. You will need the date of the crash, last name, and report number.Carfax will charge a convenience fee of $5.50 in addition to the Police Department’s charge of $2.00 for the accident report. If you would rather still come to the police department to obtain a copy and not pay the convenience fee, then that will still be an option.
Our evidence technician works Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00, so it will be during those days and hours that your appointment will be made. Property/evidence cannot be released on weekends. Due to international police accreditation standards, as well as department policy, property and evidence can only be released by an evidence custodian. Property and Evidence Release Form
A local use tax is a tax that applies to purchases made from out-of-state vendors and shipped to a location in Joplin. It is applied to the same type of products subject to traditional sales tax. The difference is where the goods are purchased and shipped. If you purchase an item at a retail store in Joplin, you pay city sales tax. On the other hand, if you purchase an item through the internet or by catalog from an out-of-state business and have the item shipped to Joplin, then the use tax would apply. You would never pay both. It’s one or the other, depending on where the goods are purchased.
No. The use tax does not apply to purchases made by Missouri residents from a Missouri retailer. The use tax applies to purchases from out-of-state vendors.
Yes, if the goods purchased are being shipped to you in Joplin and would be subject to a sales tax if purchased at retail, then the use tax applies. On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the South Dakota vs. Wayfair case overturning the previous ruling that exempted out-of-state vendors from collecting the use tax. This significant ruling means all online retailers must collect and remit any applicable sales and use taxes. However, municipalities must have a use tax in place to capture the revenue from this decision. If you physically purchase something from a retailer in another city such as Bentonville, AR or Miami, OK, the use tax would not apply because you would have paid the sales tax of the community you are located at the time of purchase.
It provides an important source of local funding and would allow for the physical infrastructure and public service personnel needs that are required to do the work identified by the community during the City Manager’s Listening Tour and Council Visioning Workshop that aim to address challenges identified in the community. The use tax would also level the playing field for local businesses. Otherwise, these local businesses are at an unfair competitive disadvantage to out-of-state businesses when local taxes are avoided.
With no local use tax in place, residents have an incentive to make out-of-state purchases instead of buying locally. This impacts local jobs and sends more than a million dollars out of our economy each year, affecting economic development, which has been identified as a community need by resident responses through the Listening Tour. While the exact amount of this resource is unknown, it is estimated this revenue source will generate between $3 and $4 million annually in Joplin.
Although they have no presence in Missouri, Amazon.com volunteered in February 2017 to begin collecting and remitting use tax in Missouri for cities that have a use tax already in place. Joplin does not currently capture this revenue from Amazon and other online retailers, since there is no approved use tax currently in place.
The local use tax rate must mirror the local Sales Tax rate, currently 3.125%. If the local sales tax rate decreases or increases by voter approval, the local Use tax also changes by the same action so the sales tax rate always matches the use tax rate.
If you never buy goods from out-of-state vendors which have to be shipped to you in Joplin, you won’t pay any use tax. However, if the City of Joplin does not have a use tax in place, it will not receive any tax revenues from those who do purchase items on line, causing the City to experience an erosion of sales tax revenues.
Not in traditional terms – the city’s sales taxes already apply to purchases made and picked up from vendors in Joplin. The local use tax would simply extend the same tax to purchases made from out-of-state vendors and shipped to you in Joplin.
No. A sales tax is imposed based on the location of the seller, while a use tax applies to purchases made from out-of-state vendors and shipped to Joplin for use.
When purchases are made at retail stores in Missouri, sales tax is collected at that location. On the other hand, purchases from out-of-state vendors that are shipped to Joplin are subject to a use tax. A purchaser pays either the sales tax or the use tax, but never both.
Example of In-State Purchase:
Purchased Item Cost $200.00Joplin Sales Tax (3.125%) 6.25TOTAL $206.25
Example of Purchase from Out-of-State Vendor without use tax in place:
Purchased Item Cost $200.00Joplin Use Tax (3.125%) ___0.00TOTAL $200.00
Example of Purchase from Out-of-State Vendor with use tax in place:
Purchased Item Cost $200.00Joplin Use Tax (3.125%) 6.25TOTAL $206.25
While the exact amount of this resource is unknown, it is estimated this revenue source will generate between $3 and $4 million annually in Joplin based on the current local rate of 3.125%.
The use tax would mirror the current sales tax in place. The percentage breakdown of the existing local sales tax totaling 3.125% are listed below, along with a dollar amount of the estimated revenue generated by this source:
Sales Tax Percentage: Dollar Amount of $3 Million
The Use Tax will be collected at the same rate as the current Sales Tax (3.125 percent). Revenues collected from the Use Tax will be used to improve the community by meeting the City Council goals through the 2021 Action Plans. The goals include initiatives to address community issues such as
Local businesses will remain at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state vendors. In addition, By not having a use tax in place for purchases from out-of-state vendors, including online purchases, the City of Joplin will experience an erosion of sales tax revenues.
Election Day is November 2, 2021. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City of Joplin - PROPOSITION ACTION
In an attempt to eliminate the un-fair advantage enjoyed by out-of-state vendors over local vendors, shall the City of Joplin impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently three and one-eighth percent (31/8%), provided that if any local sales tax is repealed, reduced, or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be repealed, reduced, or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) in any calendar year.
If you support this question, then you vote “YES”.
If you do not support this question, you then vote “NO”.
Please contact your local election office regarding the specific guidelines to vote absentee in a Missouri election.
For residents living in Jasper County, contact:
Jasper County Clerk's Office 601 S. Pearl, Room 200Joplin, MO 64801417-625-4307Website: http://www.jaspercounty.org/election.html
For residents living in Newton County, contact:
Newton County Clerk's Office101 S. Wood St.Neosho, MO 64850417-451-8221Website: http://www.newtoncountymo.com/county-clerk.html
Missouri law requires that requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to Election Day if the ballot is mailed. The deadline for absentee voting in person in the office of the election authority is 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.
No. This is not a new tax. This is a renewal of the ¼-cent sales tax that Joplin citizens passed in 2001 and renewed in 2011. Revenues from the tax have been and will continue to be used to complete parks projects and make stormwater projects in Joplin.
No. As a renewal, this ballot question asks voters if they’d be willing to continue this ¼-cent sales tax for an additional 10-year period to make improvements to both the stormwater system and the overall parks system.
Park and Recreation projects funded through the proposed sales tax include a new splash park with an ice ribbon, trails, park beautification improvements, and amenities to many of the parks along with a biking recreation area located near Dover Hill. A listing with a map of the Parks projects is also available.
Stormwater projects were identified through the Master Plan and by citizens sharing their areas of concern. A listing with a map of the Stormwater projects shows areas to be addressed with this proposed funding.
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.
The 2011 renewal was for a ten-year period, which expires on March 31, 2022.
Stormwater management is an ongoing project of any city, and Joplin is no different. The past projects focused on culverts and pipe improvements in large creeks and streams throughout the City. The next round of projects will build on the work already completed. It will address stormwater issues in identified neighborhoods such as the Sunnyvale area, as well as initiate the beginning phase of work near I-44. Several stormwater projects will focus on areas out of the main channels and into the neighborhoods. Open and closed portions of the system will be included and regional detention work to reduce flooding possibilities in areas downstream of the detention ponds.
For the Parks portion, areas for new emerging recreational activities along with improving aging facilities are included in the project lists. The Dover Outdoor Recreation and Bike Park will offer several bicycle-related amenities such as a BMX style pump track, a children’s bike playground, and 5 to 7 miles of single-track mountain bike trails, while the bike/pedestrian trail system will also expand with the second phase of the Tin Cup Trail. Maintenance to neighborhood parks along with upgrades and replacements to park amenities will be completed, including new additions to Ewert Park. Ewert Pool will be converted to a large splash park for warm-weather fun, along with a surrounding ice ribbon to offer ice skating in colder months. Through surveys and public meetings, new activities were listed as important to our citizens, and this renewal effort provides a wide variety of projects.
The City of Joplin is located within Jasper County and Newton County.
Jasper County’s total sales tax rate is 8.525%. Newton County’s total sales tax rate is 8.925%. The City receives 3.125% of the sales tax, with the remainder going to the County and State.
The City receives 3.125 % of the current sales tax, with the remainder going to the County and State.
Approximately $41 million will be collected by this renewal over the ten-year period.
Typically, cities pay for park amenities through a property tax and stormwater improvements through a dedicated sales tax. In our case, the City of Joplin has maintained a low property tax rate for our citizens, and therefore no other revenue source exists to provide funding for these types of projects and improvements.
As other cities go through tough economic times, Joplin has remained relatively stable. Although not immune to the financial declines, the City of Joplin recognizes the needs of our citizens and works to deliver these services in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner.
During the past ten years, the City will complete over $33.6 million worth of projects in the areas of stormwater management and the parks system with the revenues from this ¼-cent sales tax. Schifferdecker Aquatic Park was built with these funds and now welcomes thousands during the summer months. Stormwater projects focused on areas in central Joplin where major creeks and tributaries run, and several creeks connect which experienced frequent flooding. Most recently the City completed stormwater improvements near 7th Street and Illinois Avenue and within Ewert Park.
This renewal will be for ten years, and the tax will end on March 31, 2032.
The City established a Citizens Task Force in January 2021 to address the future needs of our Parks and Stormwater systems. The group’s goals were to:
The Parks and Stormwater Task Force began meeting on March 2, 2021, and met numerous times throughout March and April. During these meetings, staff presented information regarding parks projects; stormwater issues and maintenance; City revenues and expenditures relating to parks and stormwater needs; public comments and survey results about the current City’s parks and ideas for the future; and the stormwater management progress made in the past ten years.
In conclusion, the Citizens Parks and Stormwater Task Force recommended a renewal of the ¼-cent sales tax for Parks and Stormwater Improvements Sales Tax for a ten-year period be placed before the voters for consideration. The ratio of the sales tax will be 55% dedicated to Parks and Recreation and 45% committed to the Stormwater program.
On May 17, 2021, the Joplin City Council voted to proceed with the Task Forces’ recommendations and submit a ballot question to the electors of the City of Joplin at an Election to be held in the City on August 3, 2021.
The City staff reports to a Citizens Oversight Committee that meets quarterly and reviews both the revenues and expenditures of this tax, noting the progress of the projects.
During the initial election in 2001, the Joplin City Council authorized this committee’s creation to ensure transparency to our citizens. The Committee publicly reports the status of the sales tax revenues and progress on the Parks and Stormwater projects on a semi-annual basis.
This item is identified as Proposition Renewal on the August 3, 2021, ballot. State statutes determine how the ballot language will be worded. The language is:
“Shall the City of Joplin, Missouri, extend a 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 for the City?”
For additional information call (417) 625-4789, or visit the CVB website at www.joplincvb.com.