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Aug. 8, 2012ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: AP

St. Joseph Tax extended

St. Joseph voters overwhelmingly voted to extend a half-cent sales tax for another 6 years.

The tax funds the Capital Improvements Program, which will spend about $30 million on city projects, with the emphasis on repairs and maintenance of existing infrastructure. The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/Mjf1bn ) streets and transportation projects will get $18.6 million. Other proposed projects include 2 new fire stations and buying land for a 3rd and renovations and restoration of some park areas. The tax extension passed by a 73 percent to 27 percent margin.