Cape Girardeau firefighters urge residents to approve internet sales tax in next poll
CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri (KFVS) – Firefighters and city officials have said additional revenue is needed to continue funding vital city services.
Captain Nick Luckey said over the past 10 years they have lost 29 employees and some due to retirement.
Most quit to take better paying jobs.
This is why the fire department is asking the citizens of Cape Town to support the adoption of the Internet sales tax.
Much of the city’s revenue comes from sales taxes and is used to pay for municipal services and employee salaries.
Fire captain Nick Luckey said his department lost two firefighters.
These former employees took jobs within two hours of driving because of better pay and better benefits.
Luckey believes the Internet sales tax would benefit city staff and other local businesses.
“It gives small businesses in our community a level playing field where they can compete with, say, amazon or some of those big companies that sell stuff online, we can capture that money and then we can turn around and use that money to pay our essential employees. And it’s not just the fire department, it’s the police department, it’s public works, it’s all the departments in town whose turnover is just astronomical, ”said Nick Luckey. , president of Cape Girardeau Firefighters L-1084.
Luckey said in the past, city workers only received a one percent cost of living increase.
He hopes this is a step in the right direction to retain and keep quality employees.
Cape Girardeau residents will go to the polls next week, Tuesday, November 2, to vote on Internet sales tax.
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