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Joplin City Council Votes to Freeze Property Taxes, One Year After it Asks Residents for Property Tax Increase

The Midwest is known for having low property taxes compared to coastal states. According to an analysis this year from Wallethub, Oklahoma ranked 25th and Missouri 29% for property taxes in the US. Kansas has the highest property tax rates in the Four States and ranks 37th. Arkansas is tied with Arizona for 12th.

Earlier this week, the Joplin City Council voted to maintain the community's property taxes and NOT increase them.

KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

What a difference a year makes.

Last May, the Joplin City Councilapproved a ballot measure called ‘Proposition Public Safety’ that would have increased property taxes by one dollar for every $100,000 of assessed value.

The plan would have added 22 police officers, and three support staff and increased officer pay by $10,000.

It was estimated the proposition would raise 9 million dollars. The proposition failed in August of 2022, by a vote of 56% to 43%.

On Monday, the city council voted to freeze property taxes. Joplin Finance Director Leslie Hasse speaking Monday night.

“For a $100,000 home in the city and in the library district tax will be $79.90. This represents no change from last year. The city portion is $33.17. While the library portion is $46.73 of the total $79.90.”

Last September, officials with the city of Joplin and the union that represents its police officers agreed on average salary increases of 11.7% without the passage of Proposition Public Safety.

The agreement allowed Joplin to increase trainee starting pay from $34,000 a year to $40,000.

While offering bonuses of up to 10,000 dollars for experienced officers who transferred to Joplin.

The Joplin City Council will next meet on Tuesday, September 5.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.
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