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Springfield Voters Reject Sales Tax Increase

It was a close call but in the end Springfield voters spoke and the city will have to find another way to pay for the Police and Fire Pension Fund.KSMU’s Erika Brame has a look at this issue and other results from Tuesday night.

With a 17% voter turn out a little over half voted “NO,” on the one cent sales tax increase.City Manager Greg Burris proposed the increase to Springfield City Council after taking office in August of last year.The increase was proposed as way to help pay for the Police and Fire Pension Fund.Burris said after the vote last night the city will have to implement budget cuts but he also alluded to a possible renewed proposal in the future.

“But we’ll start evaluating why the tax failed, if there are some additional revisions we need to make to our proposal before we bring it back. Because this is not something that goes away, it’s an obligation we have; it’s got to be resolved one way or the other,” he said.

In the Mayoral Primaries, Jim O’Neal and Christopher Donegan will face off in the April election for the City of Springfield Mayor.Now a look at the top two vote getters in each of the city council primaries.For General Council seat A it was Robert Stephens and Tom Martz.For General Council seat B it was John Rush and Fred Ellison.For Council Member Zone 1 it was Nicholas Ibarra and incumbent Denny Whayne. For KSMU News I’m Erika Brame.