City of Branson News Release: The City of Branson has collected $2,956,939 since it started collecting a Public Safety Sales Tax in May of 2018. Branson residents passed the half-cent sales tax in 2017 to make the City of Branson a safer place by spending the money on public safety measures like updating and replacing old equipment and growing the police and fire departments.
The Public Safety Sales Tax has allowed the Branson Fire Department to purchase the following:
- Land for a new fire station (#4)
- A new ladder truck that is expected to arrive by the end of the first quarter of 2019
- 62 Motorola portable radios and 28 mobile radios to improve the emergency radio system
- 3 Battalion Chiefs (One on duty each day for a 24-hour shift – on one day, off two)
The Public Safety Sales Tax has allowed the Branson Police Department to purchase the following:
- Land for a new police station
- 28 Motorola in-car radios
- 90 Motorola portable radios to improve the emergency radio system
- 60 Motorola body cameras and radio mics (includes digital storage and management system)
- 2 school resource officers for elementary schools
- 2 additional patrol officers
In addition to the above that have already been purchased, the City is also working on upgrading the outdoor warning system sirens as well as purchasing additional portable radios, replacement police vehicles, a police K9 vehicle, a vice unit vehicle, vice hazmat safety equipment and a Trunarc Drug Identification instrument. These purchases are a part of how the City of Branson is keeping its promise to the community when they passed the Public Safety Sales Tax, to keep the City safe. The City of Branson would like to thank its residents for passing the Public Safety Sales Tax and for continuing to support the emergency and safety operations of the City.