Why was the Citizens' Tax Oversight Committee formed?

The Citizens' Tax Oversight Committee was formed at the suggestion of a citizen in January 2010. The original purpose of the Committee was to provide oversight of the 3/4-cent Pension Sales Tax to ensure that 100% of the revenues received by the city from this tax are deposited into the city’s Police / Fire Pension Fund as promised. The scope of the committee was later expanded to include oversight of the Level Property Tax, the most recent 1/2-cent Transportation Sales Tax and the 1/4-cent Sales Tax for Capital Improvements.

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1. Why was the Citizens' Tax Oversight Committee formed?
2. When does the committee meet and are the meetings open to the public?
3. Does the committee approve the projects that are funded from the special sales taxes?
4. Where can I find a list of current projects that are funded by the 1/8-cent and 1/4-cent sales taxes?
5. How does the committee determine if the tax revenue is spent appropriately?
6. Does the committee report to City Council?
7. Who can I contact if I would like to ask the Committee members a question?
8. What is the sales tax rate in the City of Springfield?
9. Do the city sales taxes expire, or are they permanent?
10. Does the city collect sales tax from businesses located in the city?
11. How often does the state send the city sales tax revenue?