Cape Girardeau firefighters urge residents to approve internet sales tax on next ballot

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 7:05 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Firefighters and city officials say the extra revenue from the internet sales tax is needed to continue funding vital city services.

Captain Nick Luckey said in the last 10 years, they’ve lost 29 employees. Some were lost due to retirement, but most resigned to accept higher paying jobs.

That’s why the fire department is asking Cape Girardeau citizens to support the passage of the internet sales tax.

Much of the city’s revenue comes from sales taxes and that goes to pay for city services and employee salaries.

Fire Captain Nick Luckey said his department is down to two firefighters.

Those former employees accepted jobs two hours away because of better pay and benefits.

Luckey said he believes the internet sales tax would benefit city staff and other local businesses.

”It gives small businesses in our community more of a level playing field where they can compete with say Amazon or some of these big companies that are selling things 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 city departments their turnover rate is just astronomical,” said Nick Luckey, Cape Girardeau Firefighters L-1084 president.

Luckey said in the past, city employees only receive a one-percent cost of living increase.

He hoped this is a step in the right direction to retain and keep quality employees.

Cape Girardeau residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 2 to vote on the internet sales tax.

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