Grandview Voters Answer the Call
Grandview voters made their voices heard at the polls on Tuesday, April 3 by passing a 1/2-cent Public Safety Sales Tax to improve funding for Grandview Police and Fire Departments.
The cold, and drizzly skies contributed to a low turnout of 988 voters, of which, 75% voted for the tax increase. The Public Safety Sales Tax is expected to bring in $1.3 million a year and the money will now become part of a fund earmarked only for public safety.
With the additional revenue, Grandview Police are expected to add three new officers/detectives and three civilian staff, while Grandview Fire Department will add six Firefighters/EMS to man an additional ambulance.
The Public Safety Sales tax will take effect in October. This is the first tax increase voters have had to decide in more than 15 years. In 2001, voters approved a 1/2-cent to build and maintain a community center.