2018 Transportation and Capital Improvement Survey
Aug. 13 - Sept. 7, the City of Springfield sought feedback from citizens on the proposed list of new projects and programs to be included in the upcoming 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax renewal.
The survey included brief descriptions of the full list of projects. It asked citizens to prioritize the projects they think are most beneficial to the community, offer guidance on the amount that should be invested in certain programs and provide any additional comments they might have. The survey was open to anyone who lives, works or otherwise visits Springfield and uses the City transportation system.
Input from the survey will help guide the Department of Public Works as it sets priorities for projects funded by the 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax.
How were the proposed projects selected?
The proposed project list was created using the following criteria:
- Increased safety for all users
- Support of economic development
- Protection and enhancement of the environment and quality of life
- Intermodal connectivity
- Condition of the infrastructure
- Opportunity for public and private partnerships
- Efficiency and effectiveness of the system
Proposed projects were selected through a combination of public input, City department and partner agency assessed need, continuation project status and equitable geographic distribution.
City/Agency need is determined by City departments and partner agencies who assess other variables that may impact the project's overall benefit to the community. Total crashes, traffic capacity, infrastructure condition, economic development potential and flooding within the project area were all factors considered.
About the 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax
First approved by voters in 1989, the 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax is estimated to generate about $30 million to be invested in projects such as major street resurfacing and rehabilitation, traffic flow improvements, school sidewalks and stormwater management. The tax has passed with more than 70% in support in the past four cycles. Renewed for a ninth time in 2016, it was renewed by 86%.
When possible, funding is leveraged with other partners, including county, state, federal governments and developers.