Nixa to vote on sales tax hike funding police department

Rendering of proposed new Nixa Police Department headquarters.

In the November general election, Nixa voters will decide a proposed 1-cent sales tax increase to fund Nixa police and parks. The city would earmark all new revenue from the tax increase for public safety and recreation.

Nixa City Council voted this week to send the issue to voters. Nixa City Administrator Jimmy Liles and city staff, including Chief of Police Joe Campbell and Director of Parks & Recreation Matt Crouse proposed the measure as a solution to growing pains felt by the police department and parks & recreation department.

“Increasing the sales tax is the only way the city will be able to afford the proposal to add more police officer positions, build a new, larger police department headquarters, and add a new indoor sports complex,” said City Administrator Jimmy Liles.

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