Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

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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.

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Springfield's Level Property Tax has been renewed three times since it was first approved in 1995 and has property owners paying 27 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

It’s been used to fund major capital projects such as Fire Station #1 at Grand and Holland, the Police-Fire Training Center on W. Battlefield and the E-Plex and Grandstand at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

chronic nuisance property
Building Development Services

Springfield City Council got a preview this week of plans to address dangerous structures and chronic nuisance properties.

During its Tuesday lunch meeting, Building Development Services (BDS) Director Chris Straw told council that the volume of service requests for these properties have recently increased. The complaints come following the city’s Community Listening tours in 2015 and subsequent Zone Blitz effort on the north side.  

Russell Diez-Canseco
Sarah Teague / KSMU

The largest national pasture-raised egg supplier has built a new home in Springfield.

Vital Farms, based in Austin, Texas, has finished building an 82,000 square foot processing plant called “Egg Central Station,” on the northwest side of Springfield.

The completion of the plant was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

In choosing Springfield for the plant, President and Chief Operating Officer Russell Diez-Canseco tells KSMU that officials were excited to work alongside the area’s small family farmers.

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