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"This month I would like to take the opportunity to talk about the growing needs of our Ozark Police Department. Did you know that the Ozark Police Department’s female officers, do not have their own locker room or changing area? The Ozark Police Department has outgrown its facility. As the city population increases, so must our police presence to maintain the same level of policing we have all become accustomed to. The City of Ozark has seen a 17.7% population increase over the past decade, with estimates showing a 3.2% population increase this year alone. To meet state and national recommendations for our current population, we must hire ten or more officers. Our current police facility does not provide adequate accommodations for the 35 officers we now employ." - Mayor Bradley A. Jackson, Ozark's Newsletter September Issue
The Mayor touches on just one of the many growing needs our Police Department faces, a new facility. A new facility would give our award-winning police department the much-needed space to do more in-house training and community outreach.
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The Local Use Tax will be effective on the first day of the second calendar quarter following the Department of Revenue Notification. Based on that it would be effective or start collecting on April 1, 2023.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure. The Department of Revenue doesn’t keep track at this point. However, Nixa (which is similar in size) generated approximately $500,000 in 2018 the first year they had a Use Tax.
Yes, a number of our neighboring cities such as; Springfield, Nixa, Willard, West Plains and many more. There are more than 230 cities across Missouri that have established a Use Tax.
Voting takes place on November 8, 2022.
The deadline to register to vote, and be able to vote on the Local Use Tax for Public Safety is on October 12, 2022.
You can register to vote online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
You can find that information here, https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx