Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

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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
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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.

Hazelwood Cemetery
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Springfield officials hope to upgrade one of the state’s largest municipally-operated cemeteries.  Hazelwood Cemetery turned 150 years old this month. It serves as the final resting place of many notable citizens; including Springfield founder John Polk Campbell and Route 66 visionary John T. Woodruff.

Officials gathered Saturday at the site to commemorate its sesquicentennial.

Pete Williams, the head of the Visioning Committee, said that people will be seeing some “good changes” in the future.

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