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Jim O’Neal says he would like to learn more about the proposal from the citizen group "Save Our Springfield" before signing his name to it.
The proposal calls for an end to the current “Capital Improvements Program” tax, and suggests that the money from that quarter-cent sales tax instead go toward the Police and Fire Pension Plan.
O’Neal says he has concerns about getting rid of the Capital Improvements Program tax altogether, because it has funded some important projects in the city. He said ultimately that should be left up to the citizens of Springfield.
O'Neal commended the group for its input and said that's what city government is all about. He said he feels this problem isn't immediate, and that the city should not rush to judgment in finding a solution.
O’Neal added that he can see the ultimate solution to this problem coming from a variety of sources.
Listen to his entire interview here: