Greene County

Coverage of Greene County, MO government.

Michele Skalicky

The public will start to see tangible signs of work to expand the Greene County Jail starting Monday morning.  Buildings in the 900 block of N. Boonville (909 to 921) will be demolished to make way for the new jail addition, which will be located across the street from the current one.

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch said there’s a lot that goes into planning a jail expansion, and that phase could extend into 2019.

Greene County Courthouse
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Residents in Greene County will soon have several opportunities to hear about new projects in the county—and also raise questions or concerns to county officials. 

Over the next few weeks, Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin plans to host a town hall meeting in every city in Greene County. According to a press release, Cirtin will use the town hall meetings to discuss new developments in Greene County and also listen to feedback from citizens.

Megan Burke, / KSMU

Greene County officials can move forward with plans for a jail expansion and/or renovation.  Preliminary results show 60 percent of voters who cast ballots Tuesday said yes to a ½ cent sales tax for general revenue.    Extra tax revenue will support treatment courts and community mental health initiatives in hopes of decreasing the influx of prisoners.

Bob Cirtin
Twitter / Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Greene County officials are making their case for passage of a ½-cent sales tax proposal before voters in November.

Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin shared details of the measure at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield event Thursday. Earlier this week, the county released an itemized breakdown of how it would allocate the funding, if approved.

Greene County Commissioners have voted to adopt a resolution that details how a half-percent County General Revenue Sales Tax would be allocated if voters pass the ballot initiative in the Nov. 7 election. 

The measure was placed on the ballot following a commission vote in August. 

The projects in the resolution that would be funded include:

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