Independence voters reject sales tax for police

Independence voters Tuesday defeated a new sales tax to benefit the city’s police department.

In final unofficial results, 60 percent of voters rejected the ballot proposal, which had required a simple majority.

The three-eighth-cent levy would have generated about $6 million a year and helped fund the hiring of 42 more officers as well as 18 other department employees. It also would have helped build a new police station in southeast Independence.

While supporters had said the investment was imperative opponents had called the levy ill-timed, saying many Independence families already were struggling during the recession.