The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

April 19, 2013

Neosho takes another step toward appeal of TDD ruling

NEOSHO, Mo. — The city of Neosho has taken another step toward appealing a November court ruling allowing the Neosho Transportation Development District to continue.

The city before Thursday’s deadline filed an electronic transcript of the case with the state’s Western Appeals Court in Springfield, according to Mayor Richard Davidson.

The city last year had filed the challenge in Newton County Circuit Court, alleging the TDD was formed under the wrong statute. Associate Judge Kevin Selby ruled against the city, saying that the city had waited too long to challenge the formation of the TDD.

The TDD has planned nearly $7 million worth of transportation projects along a retail area of U.S. Highway 60. Lowe’s and a Wal-Mart Supercenter are included in the district.

The TDD began collecting a half-cent sales tax in the district in January 2012 to raise its $4.5 million share of the projects. The Missouri Department of Transportation has committed $2.4 million toward the projects.

MoDOT has halted work on all but the single project that has started until the legal challenges end.

Davidson said by email on Friday that the filing simply continues to maintain the city’s options. He said it doesn’t necessarily mean there will be an appeal.

“The transcript filing keeps our options open for another 60 days,” Davidson wrote. “By that time, we should have a better understanding of the specifics on the pending taxpayer lawsuit and how that could impact the TDD and the city.”

He was referring to a potential lawsuit filed by someone who has paid the sales tax in the district who has threatened to sue the Neosho TDD. Joplin attorney Bill Fleischaker has said he has talked with a potential client about filing the lawsuit.

TDD board member Steve Roark said the board doesn’t have any immediate reaction to the court filing, but it may release a statement next week.


The city so far has spent $55,228 on its legal challenges to the TDD, while the TDD Board has spent $205,552 on legal fees related to the city’s challenges.

Text Only
Local News
  • Pension funding improving, actuary reports

    An extra $1 million contribution by the city of Joplin last year to the Police and Firemen’s Pension Fund boosted the funding ratio of the plan by 2 percent, the plan’s actuary told the board Thursday morning.

    April 17, 2014

  • Special counsel to be appointed in ethics complaint against Neosho council members

    The Neosho Ethics Board on Wednesday voted to ask the City Council to appoint a special counsel to provide legal advice to the board’s remaining two members as they investigate a complaint against two members of the council.

    April 17, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Will new Earth-like planet have better cable offerings?

    When I read that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet, I had a couple of deep scientific questions. First: What’s the Wi-Fi like? And: Are their TV channels better than ours? Hey, I didn’t get an “Incomplete” in college astronomy for nothing.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Christian ministry plans Missouri camp expansion

    A nondenominational Christian ministry is planning a $21.5 million expansion on land it owns near Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, with a goal of offering gatherings beyond the traditional summer camps.

    April 17, 2014

  • 041714 School safe rooms4_72.jpg Joplin school district readies community safe rooms for storm season

    Thousands of Joplin residents will soon be able to stay safe during storms in some of the region’s newest shelters. Community safe rooms at Cecil Floyd, Stapleton, McKinley and Eastmorland elementary schools, which double as gymnasiums, and Junge Field, which will double as a field house, are expected to be open within the next few weeks, according to Mike Johnson, the school district’s director of construction.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 041714 Treble Makers.jpg Carl Junction ‘Treble Makers’ to sing at Springfield Cardinals’ stadium

    Next month, 75 Carl Junction sixth-grade students will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Hammons Field before a Springfield Cardinals game. And with more than 600 parents, family members and other residents planning to attend, the May 3 event has been dubbed “Carl Junction Day.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Public hearing set on posed TIF district

    Financial details of a proposed new tax increment financing district for the Silver Creek Galleria area will be discussed in detail at an April 28 public hearing, members of the city’s TIF Commission were told Thursday. Chris Williams, a TIF attorney representing the city of Joplin, told the panel the Thursday meeting was intended to walk commissioners through the public hearing steps.

    April 17, 2014

  • Volunteer projects spark two bills in Jefferson City

     moving through the Missouri House and Senate were inspired by a volunteer project in Carl Junction last year that stalled over a question of whether those volunteers had to be paid prevailing wage under Missouri law. “This bill is very simple. All it says is if someone is a volunteer, they won’t be forced to be paid prevailing wage,” state Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, told lawmakers during a hearing on his bill last week.

    April 17, 2014

  • Chairman of Neosho Ethics Board resigns

    The chairman of the Neosho Ethics Board unexpectedly resigned on Thursday as the board investigates a complaint against Neosho City Council members David Ruth and Steve Hart.

    April 17, 2014

  • CWEP receives top honor from national power group

    The Carthage Water and Electric Plant has received the top award for reliable electrical service from the American Public Power Association.

    April 17, 2014

Must Read


Would you use a community safe room when the area is under a tornado warning?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter