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October 21, 2014, 6:57 am
970 WMAY News

Mayor: Some Form of Tax Increase May Be Necessary to Address Infrastructure

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says that some kind of sales tax increase may be necessary to fund the capital city's infrastructure, but not how much of an increase there should be.  


During a conversation about a possible commission to discuss with the public possible funding sources for the capital city's crumbling streets and aging sewers, aldermen repeatedly differed to Mayor Mike Houston, who ran on a platform of providing an infrastructure plan.


The question is not just what needs to be done, but how to fund it. 


Mayor Houston says that any money raised for infrastructure would be used for a bond issuance. Once that money is pledged, it can only be used for infrastructure needs.


Houston points to the potential growth of gambling revenue being devoted infrastructure needs, but several aldermen talked about needing some kind of tax increase.  


The mayor told the press after the meeting that there may need to be a sales tax increase in order to generate the kind of revenue needed to address some looming problems.  


When asked how much of a sales tax increase would be needed, the mayor said that is still be calculated.  Just last week Public Works said there are over $80 million of needs over the next three years. 


Meanwhile, Springfield aldermen passed an ordinance stating that amplified music at special events must end at midnight, and alcohol sales at those events must end at 11:30.  An amendment to the ordinance clarified language about special permitted liquor licenses granted by Aldermen.

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