Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

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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.

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The City of Springfield’s February sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is 19 percent higher than the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,717,693.  That’s $592,566 more than what was expected. 

The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transactions made primarily in December. On a year to date basis, with February being the eighth month in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, revenues are up 1 percent compared to budget. 

Finance Director David Holtmann said this is a positive sign for the economy and the City.   

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise speaks with Claudia Crighton, Coordinator of the Citizen’s Resource Center (CRC) for the City of Springfield.

The CRC is located in the Busch Municipal Building, and works to connect citizens and neighborhoods with available services that address area needs and concerns.    

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Applications are being accepted for the Zone 4 Springfield City Council seat.  Craig Fishel resigned from that position last week.

The city clerk’s office will accept applications Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February 16. 

Michele Skalicky

Motorists in the city limits of Springfield can now be pulled over for not wearing their seat belts.  This week, Springfield City Council approved a bill that allows for primary enforcement of seat belt violations.  Prior to this, a person would have to be pulled over for another violation before a citation for not wearing a seat belt could be issued.

Council member, Kristi Fulnecky, opposed the bill and said it’s unnecessary.