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Pittsburg approves tax for police, fire

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- Pittsburg police and firefighters will be getting more co-workers and new equipment, after voters approved a half-cent sales tax earmarked for their departments.

Unofficial results showed the tax questioned passed Tuesday by a margin of 767 to 502. The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1ePqH4d ) it will raise the sales tax in Pittsburg from a combined local, county and state rate of 8.4 cents to 8.9 cents.

City Manager Daron Hall says the new tax, which begins Jan. 1, will bring in an estimated $1.8 million per year over 10 years.

The police department will add another five patrol officers and a dispatcher, two detectives and a commander for the investigations unit, and a narcotics unit of three officers, along with new equipment. The fire department's revenue will go mostly toward equipment.