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.