SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Voters in several communities in the Ozarks approved new taxes and levies on August 3, 2021.

In Republic, Missouri, law enforcement and fire officials asked voters to approve a new sales tax to help increase pay for officers and firefighters and to hire more personnel. Proposition S passed with 71% of voters approving. Voters turned down a similar proposal in 2019.

Brookline’s fire district asked voters to approve Proposition 1. It passed with 58% of the vote. The tax levy will fund training, equipment, and new staff members.

Most voters in Walnut Grove believed school officials when they said the district’s buildings need upgrades and repairs. They asked voters to approve a levy of 79 cents per $100 of assessed value on property to pay for improvements. Proposition W.G. passed with 56 percent of the vote.

Voters all over the Ozarks were feeling generous. Voters in Camden County approved a sales tax to fund law enforcement. Lebanon will now be able to pay for improvements to its park facilities after voters passed a city-wide sales tax. A sales tax to pay for sewer improvements in Taney County will move forward after 79 percent of voters approved it.