Joint City-County Planning Task Force

Overview

Mayor Bob Stephens called for the formation of a new task force, comprised of City of Springfield and Greene County leaders, to address issues of mutual interest. The group's first meeting was July 26, 2013.

Their goal is to identify current and anticipated similar fiscal and service delivery challenges, and to suggest measurable solutions.

The City and County jointly operate several services, including:

  • Health Department
  • 911 Emergency Communications
  • Park Board
  • Office of Emergency Management

Additionally, the City and County cooperate and collaborate daily on many other initiatives.

Task Force Charge

Through a series of meetings, develop an internal report addressing the following:

  • Identify mutual fiscal and service delivery challenges, both current and future.
  • Identify options to address current and anticipated fiscal and service delivery challenges via revenue enhancements, increased efficiencies, and/or service/cost reductions.
  • Develop "dashboard" performance metrics that can be used by both the City and County to monitor progress (or lack thereof) in key areas.

Approved Topics for Discussion: Similar Challenges for the City and County

  • Unfunded environmental mandates
  • Stormwater funding
  • Increasing employee and dependent healthcare costs
  • Employee recruitment/retention/compensation
  • Unfunded capital needs
  • Lifecycle capital replacement costs
  • Fuel costs
  • Facilities for courts
  • Public health funding disparity and service impact
  • Public trust
  • Communication with citizens, including a need for more civic engagement
  • Growth planning
  • Economic / Business development
  • Information systems

Members

Five staff representatives from the City of Springfield

  • City Manager
  • Deputy City Manager
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Director of Finance
  • To be determined, based upon topic

Five staff representatives from Greene County

  • County Administrator
  • Prosecutor
  • Auditor
  • Budget Director
  • To be determined, based upon topic

Timeline

The target delivery date for the task force's report back to City Council and the Greene County Commission, is Dec. 31, 2013.


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