Pittsburg to vote on half-cent sales tax increase

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Pittsburg residents will vote in September on a proposed half-cent sales tax increase to help fund police and fire operations.

The Pittsburg City Commission voted Tuesday night to put the issue up for a vote on Sept. 17. If the proposal is approved, the tax would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Police Chief Mendy Hulvey said the police department is understaffed and the city “sorely needs” a narcotics unit.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/152sBFK ) the increase would provide about $1.2 million to fund 10 additional officers and updated technology. The increase also would fund five officers in an investigative unit.

And Fire Chief Michael Simons said the tax revenues would fund a new pumper and other gear, as well as provide money for training.

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