February 11, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Tax Oversight Committee Application Deadline Extended

The City of Springfield is extending the application deadline to encourage more citizens, particularly women, to apply for the new Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee recently approved by the City Council.

The application form is available online at: www.springfieldmo.gov/taxcommittee

The new deadline is: 5 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2010.

Citizens without computer or Internet access can request a mailed application by calling 864-1010, or pick up an application at the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave., during normal business hours.

The City Council’s Public Involvement Committee today recommended re-opening the application process to get a broader cross-section of applications from citizens. Zone 2 Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky, who chaired today’s meeting, said only one woman applied in the initial group. She said she would like to have more representation from women on the nine-member oversight committee. She also said she would like a broader representation of citizens in general. The Committee received only 15 applications during the initial two-week period.

The Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee’s charge is to review and monitor the collection of the ¾-cent Pension Fund Sales Tax revenues and allocations to ensure that the revenues received by the City are properly deposited into the City’s self-funded Police-Fire Pension Fund. The Committee Chair will be asked to report to the City Council at least once every six months. The Committee’s role may be expanded in the future to include monitoring other sales-tax revenue sources.

The Committee is expected to meet quarterly. Mayor Jim O’Neal proposed creation of this group after learning about a similar committee established in Joplin to provide oversight of tax-revenue collections.

The Committee will be comprised of at least five members who live within Springfield City limits. Citizens who live outside of Springfield will be eligible for the other four seats. This group will serve as an advisory committee to the City Council, so its role will be governed by Sections 15.2 and 15.5 of the City Charter.

The Council’s Public Involvement Committee plans to meet again on March 4 to review all of the applications received initially and during this extension period.

For more information, contact: City Clerk Brenda Cirtin, 864-1650; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

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Office of the City Clerk

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
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