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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Parks Sales Tax

On August 3, voters will consider a half-cent sales tax to help restore and improve our green spaces, parks, and parks facilities to provide safe, ADA-compliant and desirable amenities for our residents and help maintain them for our future generations.

Did you Know…
  • The parks sales tax has a 10-year sunset; voters must approve the continuation of this half-cent sales tax in ten years.
  • The parks sales tax will generate approximately $50-60 million in revenue. The revenue generated will be used only for specific parks projects that have been identified by a citizens committee.
  • Approximately 42% of sales tax is paid by those who don’t live here but use our parks and other amenities when visiting our community.
  • The cost is one-half cent on every $1 spent. On a $10 purchase, it is an additional 5 cents. On a $200 purchase, it is an additional $1.
  • The priority areas are green spaces, equipment, indoor and outdoor facility infrastructure, maintenance and aquatics. Major projects include improvements to Krug Park, Hyde Park, Bode Sports Complex, Noyes Complex, Northside Complex, the addition of an east side park and a dog park, improvements to Phil Welch Stadium, Civic Arena, Missouri Theater, Fairview Golf Course, aquatics, park restrooms, ball field lighting, and sidewalks throughout the park system.

For more information and a list of specific projects, visit the city's website.
Harlem Globetrotters

Don't miss the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters at the St. Joseph Civic Arena on Thursday, August 5, starting at 7pm. To get tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or calling the Civic Arena Box Office at 271-4717.

Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you have an opportunity to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters shooting, trying out ball tricks, and getting autographs and photos. This unique 30-minute show will create memories of a lifetime. Tickets for the pre-show are $20 each. A game ticket is also required to join the pre-show event. The pre-show takes place at 5:30pm.
MO VIP Vaccine Incentive Program

MO VIP is the state's vaccine incentive program rewarding those who have chosen or will choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Starting in July, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) will partner with the Missouri Lottery to draw 180 winners in five randomized drawings who will win either $10,000 cash or $10,000 towards an education savings account. In total, the state will award 900 individuals throughout the incentive program. Vaccination is the most effective and long-lasting tool for protection from this infection. DHSS continues to encourage anyone age 12 and up to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Agencies Working Together

On Wednesday, July 14, officers from the St. Joseph Police Department became involved the pursuit of a wanted felon from Platte County who had committed multiple violent crimes. The subject had stolen a box truck and made his way to the St. Joseph community. Once inside the city limits, the truck's tires were spiked multiple times, causing the truck to become disabled on the railroad tracks at Illinois Street. The subject fled into a 5-acre property that was heavily overgrown.

The officers on scene requested multiple resources for assistance. Buchanan County deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers aided in the search. The St. Joseph Police Department Bearcat was utilized for officer protection. A drone flown by Buchanan County finally located the subject hiding on a rooftop. Once contact was made with the subject, it became apparent there was likely some underlying mental health issues. The focus now was not only to take him into custody, but the safety of the individual's life and to protect the officers. Negotiators from Buchanan County and the police department spent hours talking to the subject. 

The St. Joseph Fire Department responded and provided equipment for the officers on scene. Buchanan County EMS was staged in the area as they always are for a quick response should anyone need treatment. Several hours after the standoff began, the subject was safely detained and taken for a mental evaluation prior to incarceration. 

Through the cooperation of multiple agencies and departments within the city, this incident ended safely. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to work together between agencies and departments to accomplish our goals. It is time to think outside the box and continue the level of service our community needs. 
Blood Drive

Mayor McMurray is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, August 12, from 10am-4pm, at the Civic Arena, located at 100 North 4th Street. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter MAYORBloodDrive to schedule an appointment. Share the vibe. Give blood to help save lives.
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