The Committee to Save Jobs plans to formally announce Tuesday issues behind a Buchanan County Question on the Aug. ballot.
The Committee is made up of St. Joseph business and community leaders. It plans to hold a press conference at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 12, on the top of King Hill to talk about the upcoming election in which voters will be asked to approve a quarter‐cent sales tax to repair Missouri River levees.
The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce said the levees protect 6,000 military and industrial jobs, homes and Lake Contrary Elementary School from flood waters. Members of the committee will talk about important aspects of the project.
Bob Wollenman, campaign chairman and owner of Deluxe Truck Stop, and R. Patt Lilly, president of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will represent business and industry. Col. Mike Pankau, Missouri Air National Guard, Retired, will discuss the 139th Airlift Wing. The Wing is St. Joseph’s fourth largest employer, has a more than $180 million annual economic impact on St. Joseph and is at risk every time flood waters rise. City Manager Bruce Woody and John Grothaus, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will present information about the levee repairs and the timeline of the more than $70 million project.
The King Hill location overlooks the Missouri River and the industry that the levees protect.
The question will be up for vote in the Aug. 2nd election.
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