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April 23, 2014, 2:34 am
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Springfield Aldermen Vote to Increase Sales Tax and Sewer Fee


Springfield Aldermen have increased the city's sales tax by half a percent and increased the sewer fee after debating and voting on four different ordinances to fund the city's infrastructure.

 

During debate Tuesday, Aldermen passed one ordinance that raises the city's sales tax by half a percent with a quarter of that being repealed after the bonds for funding the infrastructure are paid off.

 

That passed 6-3 with Alderman Steve Dove absent.

 

Two other ordinances that if combined would have raised the sales tax by an additional half percent failed.

 

Meanwhile, aldermen passed a proposal that raises the city's sewer fee over a number of years to pay for sewer improvements.

 

Alderman Joe McMenamin, who supported the sewer fee increase, says that raising the city's sales tax is reckless.

 

Other aldermen said that there must be more revenue into the city to fund infrastructure.

 

Springfield faces tens of millions in dollars of immediate infrastructure needs.

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