February 18, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

City Hosts Second Quarter-cent Open House Tonight

The City of Springfield will host the second of two public meetings tonight to seek citizen feedback on the proposed list of new quarter-cent sales tax projects.

The drop-in style open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station No. 5, 2750 W. Kearney St.

Citizens can review the proposed projects, ask questions of staff members and fill out comment cards.

An online survey continues through Friday, Feb. 19 where citizens also can offer comments on the list of proposed new projects. The survey offers short descriptions of the  full list of proposed projects and asks for comment on any or all of them. The online survey is available at: cipsurvey.questionpro.com

The City Council will consider the list of projects for the next quarter-cent program in preparation for a June referendum to continue the program Springfield voters first approved in 1989.  One category of the program provides funding for new high-priority transportation improvements. The Council is interested in community input as it narrows the list of new projects to match anticipated funding over the next three years.

The feedback from the online survey and open houses will be forwarded to the City Council for a follow-up meeting on the quarter-cent program on Feb. 23, 2010.

Any citizens without computer or Internet access who cannot attend one of the open-house meetings can call 864-1010 to obtain the survey information.

A copy of last week’s Powerpoint presented at the City Council’s weekly lunch meeting, along with other resources about the quarter-cent program, are available at: www.springfieldmo.gov/budget/cip.html under the “Recent Reports and Highlights” section.

For more information, contact: Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov