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September 17, 2014, 12:36 pm
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Residency Referendum Reconsideration Passes Springfield City Council

Springfield voters may get to let aldermen know their views on a residency requirement for future city employees.


Aldermen reversed course Tuesday night and approved placing a non-binding referendum on the November ballot.


That proposal failed on a tie vote just a week ago, but when Aldermen Joe McMenamin and others requested a re-vote, it passed on the second try, 7-2, with Alderman Kris Theilen voting “present.”


Mayor Mike Houston opposes the residency requirement, saying it would be too costly to renegotiate the residency issue with the city’s 23 labor unions.


But, he hasn’t said yet if he will veto the referendum.


What do you think?


If you were to vote today on the referendum, how would you vote?  Follow this link to take the 970 WMAY Poll and comment on the referendum.

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