Greene County

Coverage of Greene County, MO government.

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
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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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A Greene County-owned building at the corner of Central and Boonville is being vacated.  County officials say they’re moving the Public Administrator’s Office and a day treatment center for youths in the Juvenile Office, the Greene County Youth Academy, which are currently in the Hogan Building.

Temporary jail facility
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Greene County says it expects a temporary jail facility to open this November in order to house an influx of inmates and reduce the costs of transporting them elsewhere.

Greene County Commissioners announced Wednesday they finalized a lease last week for the temporary structure. It will be located next to its existing jail, which has a capacity of 601 inmates.

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