Finance Department

Question 1 - Fire Protection Sales Tax

What a yes vote means?

A yes vote, would repeal the current Fire Protection Sales Tax of 1/8 of a cent which is currently in effect until December 31, 2026.

It would replace the current Fire Protection Sales Tax with a new Fire Protection Sales Tax of 1/2 of one cent and remain in effect until repealed by voters.

This would result in a 3/8 of one percent total Fire Protection Sales Tax increase.

What a no vote means?

A no vote would maintain the current Fire Protection Sales Tax of 1/8 of a cent which is currently in effect until December 31, 2026.

Sample Ballot Language:

Shall the City of Independence repeal the existing Sales Tax of one eighth of one percent used to fund operations of the municipal fire department, and instead impose a Sales Tax of one-half of one percent, to be effective April 1, 2022, for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the municipal fire department, which tax shall remain in effect until repealed by voters?


Last day to register to vote is October 6, 2021.


Proposed uses of funds:

Would be used to make the following improvements:

  • Replace five aging fire stations
  • Replace aging fire apparatus
  • Purchase lifesaving equipment
  • Add one new fire station
  • Add new fire apparatus
  • Maintenance and Repair Expenses for Equipment, Apparatus and Fire Stations

Sales tax funds would also be used to:

  • Hire additional Firefighters
    • To fully staff current positions
    • To staff additional apparatus
  • Hire additional Administration
    • To maintain proper span of control
  • Hire additional personnel
    • To improve department training needs
    • To maintain new technology

Current Sales Tax 2005 2020
Annual Collection $2,075,000 $2,100,000


Apparatus & Equipment 2005 2020
New Pumper Truck $325,000 $550,000
New Ladder Truck $750,000 $1,200,000
Apparatus Equipment $18,350 $38,850
PPE/Firefighter $3,384 $6,936
New Fire Station Cost $175/sq ft $550/sq ft


Incident Trends 1991 2020
Total Incidents 6,471 23,412
Total Apparatus Runs 11,514 30,305


Available resources 1991 2020
Total Emergency Apparatus 18 15
Total Full-time Positions 192 179

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