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On Tuesday, November 3rd, the polls will open to the people of Springfield, and they will be asked to decide on a new sales tax. If it passes this three quarter cent tax increase will be used for the struggling police-fire pension fund. KSMU’s Adam Hammons talked with local leaders about the referendum.
The election on November 3rd will be like any other election, but for some, the polling place will be different. According to Richard Struckoff, the Greene County clerk, voters in the First North Campbell Township will no longer be voting at Oakland Methodist Church.
“Because the church where they used to vote for the last several years has been sold, we’re moving them for this election only, to the east Sunshine Church of Christ, which is on east Sunshine, just east of 65.”
Struckoff also wanted to clarify that voters who usually go to the Republic Branch Library will still vote there, even though the library is in the process of moving to a new location.
To let the people in the First North Campbell Township know about the change, the city sent out postcards informing the voters where to go. However, because voters who usually go to the Republic Library will still be going there, no information has been given out on that polling place.
The election for the sales tax is in response to a lack of funding for the Springfield police-fire pension fund. Both the police and fire departments are actually low in numbers at the moment.
Greg Burris, the city manager of Springfield, talks about the importance of this election.
“Really, we’ve reached a tipping point in our community. This will be a very important election because this election will really set the stage in determining the direction that Springfield is going to go in the next few years.”
Burris also said that a “Citizen’s task force” spent over 2,000 hours researching and debating the city’s choices for addressing the ailing pension fund.
For KSMU News, I’m Adam Hammons.