St. Joseph Backs Law Enforcement Sales Tax

The largest city in northwest Missouri brushes aside a national negative narrative against police and overwhelmingly approves a law enforcement sales tax increase.

Buchanan County voters gave overwhelming support to a quarter-cent sales tax increase to increase pay and add officers to the sheriff’s department. The issue garners nearly 78-percent support in the special election Tuesday. Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Puett says this vote will boost morale among his staff as the community comes out in strong support of law enforcement. . .

It wasn’t the only big winner Tuesday. In this region not known for supporting tax hikes, voters also gave overwhelming support for a St. Joseph city parks sales tax increase.