Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is still hoping aldermen will approve a big enough increase in sales taxes and sewer fees to take care of the city’s major infrastructure needs, now and for the foreseeable future.
Houston prefers raising the city sales tax by three-quarters of a percent… along with a gradual hike in sewer fees over ten years.
He says that will take care of major immediate needs and pay for a program of ongoing regular maintenance.
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has endorsed a one-half-percent sales tax hike along with the sewer fee increase.
So far, it’s not clear that any of the proposals have majority support on the City Council.