Possible Sales Tax Coming to Branson for Fire, EMS

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BRANSON, Mo.– Branson’s board of alderman will also hear more about a possible sales tax showing up on the November ballot.

The public safety sales tax will be a half-cent on every dollar and will be levied on anyone who makes a purchase, including tourists.  It will raise an additional $6-million a year for police and fire.

Police Chief Stan Dobbins said about 1700 calls last year had response times of over 20 minutes which is too long and Branson continues to grow.

“The sky is not falling but we’re at a point in life when our infrastructure regarding public safety has been stretched to its limits and we need a public decision on which way they want us to go, said Dobbins. “I hate taxes and I would not be asking if it was not absolutely necessary”

Dobbins says if the sales tax is approved, certain items won’t be taxed:  Things like medicine and food.  

The vote is November 7th. 

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