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Posted on: June 20, 2019

Downtown Springfield Association partners with City of Springfield to promote walking downtown

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Downtown Springfield Association (DSA) has been chosen to receive one of the over 20 Community Change Micro Grants awarded by America Walks for use in 2019.  DSA is using the funding to partner with the City of Springfield an...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 19, 2019

Sculpture to take summertime tumble Friday evening in honor of Tom Billionis

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The Tumbler sculpture on Park Central Square will take its summertime tumble at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 in honor of The Coffee Ethic co-founder Tom Billionis, who passed away in 2016.

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 19, 2019

Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

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Residents on City sewer service will see a planned rate increase beginning July 1, in order to continue improving the City’s aging sewer system and to remain in compliance with federal Clean Water Act regulations. ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 18, 2019

Survey provides insight into citizen perception and priorities

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The results of the 2019 Citizen Survey are in and citizens again affirmed that the three major categories of City services that residents thought were the most important for the City to emphasize over the next two years are (1) the ma...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 18, 2019

City Council to hear results of 2019 Citizen Survey at 11:30

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Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott and ETC Institute will present the findings of the 2019 Citizen Survey at today's Council Lunch workshop, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. today in the Councilman Denny Whayne ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 17, 2019

City seeking public input on Public Rights of Way ADA Transition Plan

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The City of Springfield is seeking public input on a plan to transition all sidewalks and curb ramps on public right-of-way up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

The public has until Aug. 30 to review the plan ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Mayor McClure publicly thanks Scott Miller for dedicated service

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure would like to publicly thank Scott Miller for his years of dedicated service to City Utilities and the citizens of Springfield.

“The community has been very fortunate to have such a superb leader at the he...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 12, 2019

Share input on design standards for Galloway/Lone Pine development with online survey

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Those interested in sharing feedback and helping plan for the future of the Galloway/Lone Pine area should take the second Galloway/Lone Pine Community Design Survey, available at https://galloway2.questionpro.com/ and linked from spr...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 10, 2019

June sales tax revenues up 11% compared to June 2018

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The City of Springfield’s June sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue are up 11%, or $435,825, compared to June 2018. The check was $4,392,535, compared to the June 2018 revenue check in the amount of $3,...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 10, 2019

City asking public to participate in survey to assess community needs

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The City of Springfield’s Planning & Development Department is soliciting public input for its Community Development Needs Survey, which assesses the community in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, pu...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 6, 2019

City Planning Department launches Comprehensive Planning Process

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The City of Springfield’s Planning and Development Department has officially kicked off its comprehensive planning process. The launch follows Mayor Ken McClure’s annual State of the City Address, where he outlined City Council’s prio...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 6, 2019

Mayor Ken McClure presents 2019 State of the City Address

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure noted the strong economy in Springfield, recognized public servants and announced plans for community-wide planning and land use at the annual State of the City Address held this morning during the Spring...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 30, 2019

Judge Todd Thornhill receives statewide recognition

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At the 54th Annual Conference of the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association held May 22-24, 2019 at the Lake of the Ozarks, Chief Judge Todd Thornhill of the 31st Judicial Circuit’s Springfield Municipal Division ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 29, 2019

HUD Annual Action Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

The City of Springfield is accepting comments on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Annual Action Plan for the fiscal year 2019-2020, available for public review and comment for 15 days from May 29 through 5 p.m., June 13, 2019.

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 28, 2019

Division Street and Grant Avenue intersection to close Thursday and Friday

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The Division Street and Grant Avenue intersection will be closed Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019 for pavement improvements.  Each closures will start at 8 a.m. and the road will be reopened at 3 p.m. The closures ar...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 21, 2019

Equipment Show & Tell event postponed to Wednesday

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Due to inclement weather, tonight's Public Works and Environmental Services' Equipment Show & Tell event has been postponed until Wednesday, May 22 at the Expo Center lot (between Jordan Valley Car Park and the Springfield Expo Ce...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 21, 2019

Residents encouraged to review proposed updates to FEMA floodplain maps

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Springfield-Greene County residents are encouraged to attend one of four open houses June 4-6 to review the proposed updates to the Springfield-Greene County’s floodplain map by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 20, 2019

City celebrating National Public Works Week with annual report, events, mayoral proclamation

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The City of Springfield is celebrating National Public Works Week May 19-25 by releasing its 2018 Public Works Annual Report and with various events aimed at honoring the vital role public works services play in advancing quality of l...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 21, 2019

REMINDER: Public Works to present initial design for Galloway Street Widening Project tonight

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Springfield’s Public Works department will host a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at All Saints Anglican Church, 2751 E. Galloway St., to present the initial design for the Galloway Street Widening Project.

The project, whic...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 14, 2019

Second Galloway public meeting to be held tonight at The Venues

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Those interested in sharing feedback and helping plan for the future of the Galloway/Lone Pine area should plan to attend the second public input meeting at 5:30-7 p.m., May 14, 2019 at The Venues, 2616 E. Battlefield.

Two additional p...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 10, 2019

May sales tax revenues down 11.6% compared to May 2018

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The City of Springfield’s May sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue are down 11.6%, or $397,184, compared to May 2018. The check was $3,028,591, compared to the May 2018 revenue check in the amount of $3...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 7, 2019

Springfield mourns loss of local hero Ralph Manley

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Ralph K. Manley, who parachuted into Normandy France on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and was a City Councilman, passed away May 6, 2019. Manley was an enthusiastic supporter of Springfield, known for his “public leaps of joy&rdq...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 1, 2019

Mayor Ken McClure offers expressions of support to those affected by storms

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure offers expressions of support to those affected by Tuesday’s storms. Severe storms blew through the Ozarks, causing widespread damage and at least one death, reported in nearby Douglas County.

Th...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 1, 2019

South Avenue south of Primrose to close

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESouth Avenue just south of Primrose Street will be closed on Monday for gas and water relocation work on the Primrose Street – South Avenue to Kimbrough Avenue project. This closure will last for a week.

The project widens Pr...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 1, 2019

Mayor McClure makes City Council Committee Appointments

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Mayor Ken McClure has finalized City Council committee members, with appointments effective immediately.

The Mayor encourages the referral of Council bills involving policy issues and substantive legislative changes to the appropriate ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 24, 2019

Phyllis Ferguson named Mayor Pro Tem

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City Council unanimously selected Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson as the Mayor Pro Tempore at Monday night’s regular meeting. The Mayor Pro Tem assumes mayoral duties in the event of the mayor's absence, including leadi...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 23, 2019

City budget workshops begin

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City Manager Jason Gage began a series of City Council workshops Tuesday, April 23 in preparation for the formal presentation of the FY 2019-20 budget recommendations. The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30 each year. The f...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 23, 2019

Mayor’s Commission for Children announces results of 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Study

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 The Mayor’s Commission for Children presented the Readiness for Kindergarten 2018 Continuation Study findings  at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 23 at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. This study is conducted appro...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 23, 2019

Springfield’s Give 5 program receives statewide Innovation Award

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The Missouri Municipal League announced this week (Local Government Week) that Springfield’s Give 5 program has won a 2019 Innovation Award in the Extra-Large City category. These awards are given to municipalities to honor ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Springfield-Greene Co. African-American Heritage Trail Committee announces new round of markers

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The Springfield-Greene County African-American Heritage Trail Committee announces plans for additional trail markers commemorating four churches historically interconnected to form the core of the African-American religious community ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Mayor’s Commission for Children to announce results of 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Survey on Tuesday

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Please join the Mayor’s Commission for Children at 10 a.m., Tuesday April 23 at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce as they announce the results of the Readiness for Kindergarten 2018 Continuation Study. The study is conducted approximatel...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 18, 2019

Mayor and City Council members to take oaths of office at noon today

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and Councilmen Andrew Lear, Abe McGull, Richard Ollis, Mike Schilling and Matthew Simpson will begin new terms Thursday, April 18. All will take oaths of office at a special City Council meeting at noon in Historic...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 15, 2019

City, Greene County celebrate 9-1-1 during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

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The week of April 14-20, 2019 is set aside nationally to honor those that provide the voice to our emergency services across our country. We recognize the outstanding service of 9-1-1 telecommunicators during observance of National Pu...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 9, 2019

April sales tax revenues up 8.6%

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The City of Springfield’s April sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue are up 8.6 percent, or $309,247, compared to April 2018. The check was $3,905,148, compared to the April 2018 revenue check in the am...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 4, 2019

City of Springfield soliciting bids for 17 surplus properties in city limits

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The City of Springfield’s Purchasing division is soliciting sealed bids until 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2019 for the sale of various parcels of City-owned property at 17 locations in Springfield.

Many of the properties were o...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 3, 2019

Accounting firm completes audits of police operations, financial month-end closing process

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RubinBrown Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants presented audits of the financial month-end close procedures and the Springfield Police Department’s operations at the Feb. 13 Finance and Administration Com...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 2, 2019

Mayor Ken McClure thanks citizens, offers congratulations to returning and new Council members

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and four City Councilmen will retain their seats following today’s election, and one new member will replace outgoing Zone 2 Councilman Tom Prater.

Those maintaining their seats include: Andrew Lear, General Seat C; ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 25, 2019

Greenwood, Springfield Catholic basketball teams to be recognized tonight by City Council

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure has invited two stand-out high school basketball teams to tonight’s City Council meeting to receive special recognition. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Historic City Hall, 3rd floor Council ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 21, 2019

City of Springfield to survey citizens

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The City of Springfield will begin conducting a citizen satisfaction survey next week.

Surveys will be mailed next week to 6,000 randomly selected households in the city limits of Springfield and should hit mailboxes next week. Within ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 19, 2019

March sales tax revenues up 2.5%

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The City of Springfield’s March sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue are up 2.47 percent, or $104,927, compared to March 2018. The check was $4,358,613, compared to the March 2018 revenue check in the a...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 14, 2019

City of Springfield begins treatment and removal of public ash trees in response to invasive beetle

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The City of Springfield has begun implementing a proactive plan to manage the impact of the emerald ash borer to ash trees located on City property. 

City contractor Custom Tree Care Inc. began the removal of select City-manag...

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Learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 13, 2019

City partners with Galloway residents, stakeholders to plan future of village

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Those interested in sharing feedback and helping plan for the future of the Galloway/Lone Pine area should plan to attend the first of three public input meetings 5:30-7 p.m. March 21 at All Saints Anglican Church, 2751 E. Galloway an...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 7, 2019

2019 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival entertainment announced

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Birthplace of Route 66 Festival organizers Aaron Sachs & Associates, Ozarks on Two Wheels, KY3/KSPR and the City of Springfield announced the lineup for the Aug. 9-10, 2019 festival at a press conference held at the Discovery Cent...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 5, 2019

City Council opens discussion on allocation of carryover funds

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At its March 5 Council Lunch Workshop, City Council opened discussions on how to allocate $2.8 million of a total of $4.8 million in carryover funds from the Fiscal Year (FY)2017 and FY2018 budgets, as well as heard from Finance Direc...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 5, 2019

City Council considers ordinance amendments to pave way for legalized medical marijuana

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City Council considered proposed changes of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, initiating discussion for regulated use of medical marijuana at a Council lunch workshop Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 to the Miss...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 4, 2019

City begins preparations for legalized medical marijuana

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Springfield’s Director of Planning and Development, Mary Lilly Smith, will present proposed updates to the city’s zoning/land use regulations related to medical marijuana at a City Council workshop, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 5. Misso...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 7, 2019

Reminder: Route 66 festival press conference at 10 a.m. at Discovery Center

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Please join us at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 7 at Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis, as the City of Springfield and partners KY3 / KSPR / CW, Aaron Sachs & Associates and the West Central Neighborhood Alliance formally announc...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 1, 2019

City accepting public comments for FY2019-20 CDBG, HOME funding proposals

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The City of Springfield is accepting comments on the attached listing of projects and programs being considered for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and HOME (HOME Investment Partnerships Programs) funding during the City&...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 25, 2019

Application deadline for type 2 short-term rental properties is Wednesday

Grace period for density limitations for type 2 rentals ends Wednesday.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Applications and forms for short-term rentals are now available on the City’s website at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/813/Applications-Checklists under ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 22, 2019

City’s ¼-cent capital improvement sales tax renewal to come forward April 2

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Citizens are starting to notice a familiar sign that the City’s ¼-cent capital improvement sales tax is up for renewal. Signs reading “Completed as Promised,” “Coming Soon” and “Propos...

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

Citizens' Tax Oversight Committee Meeting canceled

Tonight's meeting of the Citizens Tax Oversight Committee, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Busch Municipal Building, has been canceled due to impending inclement weather.

City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 15, 2019

City offers new down-payment assistance loan program

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The City of Springfield’s Planning and Development department is encouraging first-time home buyers to purchase homes in certain portions of Zone 1 and Zone 2 with a new down-payment assistance loan program, which ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Applications, forms for short-term rentals now available online

Grace period for density limitations for type 2 rentals ends Feb. 27

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Applications and forms for short-term rentals are now available on the City’s website at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/813/Applications-Checklists under the...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 11, 2019

February sales tax revenue continues upward trend

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The City of Springfield’s sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue are up 8 percent, or about $271,000, compared to budget with the February sales tax check. The check was $3,571,433 compared to the budgete...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 1, 2019

2019 Capital Improvement Program Plan to go before P&Z, City Council in February

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If approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council in February, the City of Springfield will start work on 126 capital improvement projects and programs during the 2019 fiscal year. Twenty-eight projects and programs...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 29, 2019

City Council approves regulations on short-term rentals

Rental “type 2s” have until Feb. 27, 2019 as grace period

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City Council approved regulations and definitions for short-term rental properties in the city of Springfield at their regular meeting Jan. 28, 2019.

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 23, 2019

Level Property Tax to fund 4 fire station projects

City seeking architect for two new stations and two replacements

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Two of Springfield’s most underserved areas are getting brand-new fire stations while two of its oldest stations will be demolished and rebuilt, thanks to the r...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 18, 2019

January sales tax revenue up nearly 6% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield’s sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue are up 5.68 percent, or about $235,600, compared to budget with the January sales tax check. The check was $4,387,170 compared to the budge...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Police Chief Paul Williams to provide update to City Council

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Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will present an update on the department's handling of sexual assaults at a regularly scheduled Council Lunch workshop at noon Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the Councilman Denny Whayne Conference Room &...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 8, 2019

City pedestrian safety program partners with Springfield Public Schools on new education initiatives

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The City’s SGF Yields pedestrian safety program has partnered with Springfield Public Schools to offer a variety of education opportunities in the new year.

Launched in 2017, the SGF Yields program is an effort to combat a growing trend in pedes...

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Learn more about the new education opportunities. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 8, 2019

Developer withdraws rezoning request application for condo project on east Briar

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The developer of a single-family development condominium project at 1624 E. Briar has asked to withdraw his application requesting a zoning change from residential single family to a planned development. The application, therefore, wi...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 7, 2019

City accepting public comments for FY2019-20 CDBG, HOME funding proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield is accepting comments on the attached listing of projects and programs being considered for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and HOME (HOME Investment Partnerships Programs) funding during the City&...

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