The Joplin School District is going on record opposed to any future tax incentives for businesses in that city unless the school board has more power in the decision-making. Tax breaks given for business development often fall most heavily on taxes that support public schools. The President of the Joplin School Board says the school district should be involved in tax incentive discussions earlier so the school board can decide on its position. School officials in Joplin say tax incentives approved by the city, with or without school district approval, are taking $1.2 milliion away from schools every year.
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