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July 31, 2014, 6:27 am
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Springfield Aldermen Hold Infrastructure Funding Plans in Committee


Springfield aldermen seem split about what funding plan to approve for the city's infrastructure needs.

 

During discussion at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole, aldermen heard from several businesses that were in opposition to three ordinances that if all passed would raise the city's sales tax by a full percent and a raise of the sewer fee.

 

They also heard from city planners and other Chamber of Commerce members about the need for new revenue.

 

Aldermen Frank Edwards is asking the Chamber, which supports raising the sewer fee and also a half of a percent sales tax increase, to study comparable cities and their funding solutions.

 

Meanwhile, there seems to be a consensus to increase the city's sewer fee.

 

The mayor was absent from Tuesday's meeting and aldermen opted to debate the measures further next week when the Mayor would attend a full council meeting.

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