Mayor Mike Houston has now decided to put an infrastructure funding plan before Springfield aldermen… even though he doesn’t yet have majority support for any aspect of the plan.
Houston is introducing four separate ordinances, representing individual pieces of his plan.
Three of the ordinances would raise the city sales tax… if all three were adopted, the full increase would be one-percent, with the money to go to major road and sewer projects and ongoing maintenance.
The fourth ordinance would raise the city’s sewer fee to leverage an EPA loan program for sewer repairs.
The mayor hopes letting aldermen “pick and choose” will lead to some combination of ideas that will address growing infrastructure needs.