The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 5, 2013

LEST board considers police funding requests

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — With a little more than $180,000 available to allocate, the Jasper County Law Enforcement Sales Tax (LEST) grant board was able to approve most grant requests submitted by area law enforcement agencies during a meeting today.

Board members tabled action on a request from the police department at Missouri Southern State University, and authorized requests from 11 other agencies that will fund purchases including vehicles, tasers and computers.

The MSSU request — for purchases including two used vehicles — will be considered Feb. 26. Board action was delayed because the request did not include a departmental budget, which is required by the board.

Funds available this year total $181,746, which is a share of the quarter-cent law enforcement sales tax collected in the county. Allocations are considered by a board appointed by the county commission.