Local Government

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

Pit Bull ban
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield’s ordinance that establishes a future ban on pit bull dogs within the city limits could be overturned or sent to a public vote after the certification of a referendum petition.

Greg Burris
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris is stepping down from the position effective June 30 to take a new role with the city.

Burris said in a statement Tuesday morning that “It feels like the right time to step aside and let someone else take our community to the next level.”

According to a news release, he’s likely to transition to executive director for the new Give 5 Program, which is designed to make Springfield-Greene County a top destination for retirees to engage in meaningful volunteerism.

Megan Burke, / KSMU

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.

justgrimes / Flickr

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.

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