Local Government

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

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.

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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.  

Hazelwood Cemetery
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

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.

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.

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