Local Government

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

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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Springfield City Council has approved a future ban on pit bull dogs in the city limits. The decision was 5-4.

The ordinance also establishes a minimum fine for violations of the pit bull provisions.  Those include keeping pit bull puppies born to dogs currently in the city once they turn eight weeks old.

Councilman Richard Ollis explained why he planned to vote against the measure.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

All this week, we’re investigating civility and what role it plays in our community.

Today, we’re considering the news media:  what role do – or should – journalists play in encouraging civil discourse?  And what’s the state of civility in terms of how journalists themselves are treated?

Let’s tackle that one first by taking a step back and looking through a nationwide lens.

Kearney Street
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The city of Springfield is one step closer to voting on a plan designed to revitalize Kearney Street on the north side of town.

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