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October 21, 2014, 5:26 am
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UPDATE: Mayor Houston Approves Residency Referendum Ordinance

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he approves the residency referendum during a press conference in his office Friday morning. 


The reconsidered residency referendum passed the special city council meeting Tuesday evening.  Houston said he was uncertain if he would veto the measure after the vote 7-2 vote. 


Houston once supported residency but expressed concerns that it would cost Springfield taxpayers millions of dollars in renegotiated union contracts.


The ordinance placing the question of a residency requirement for new hires to the city on the November General Election ballot failed the first time several weeks ago but was brought up for reconsideration earlier this week.


Even though he called the ordinance "meaningless" Houston approved the measure Friday morning.


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