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An online survey seeking public feedback on Springfield’s proposed list of new roadway projects is now available.

Citizens can visit springfieldmo.gov/election to choose what projects should be included in the next cycle of the city’s 1/4-cent and 1/8-cent sales tax programs, if approved by voters. Both programs are up for renewal on the April 2016 ballot. Approval would keep the current tax rate the same. The two initiatives were last renewed in 2013 and 2012, respectively.   


A bill expected to be decided by Springfield City Council tonight addresses nuisance properties in the city.

On May 26th, council took the first step in dealing with nuisance properties by unanimously passing an ordinance to create a series of penalties for property owners who continue to fail to maintain their property.  It also clarified changes concerning special tax bills and additions to real estate tax bills and codified due-process-of-law provisions for enforcement actions.

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Stand at the corner of Campbell and Grand in Springfield, and you’ll hear more than just the whooshing of cars as they speed by.

After years of controversy, including city council’s decision to rezone the property for retail followed by an attempt to repeal and then a court battle, construction is now underway for a new Walmart Neighborhood Market close to downtown.

Construction started approximately two months ago, and is set for completion early next year, according to a Walmart representative.

The project has been in the works since 2012.

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The city of Springfield has filed a lawsuit seeking compliance from Greene County to accept municipal inmates at the county jail.