Top stories of 2017: Springfield passes income tax increase

  • Keisha Rowe
  • Staff Writer
6:20 p.m Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 Politics
Ken McGarvey casts his vote in the ballot machine at the election poll in St. John’s Lutheran Church Tuesday. McGarvey says he never misses an election. Bill Lackey/Staff

Here’s a look at one of our top stories of 2017.

After two attempts, 66 percent of voters in Springfield passed an income tax increase for the city in May. The 5 1/2 year levy raised the tax rate from 2 percent to 2.4 percent, which is expected to generate an additional $6.7 million annually for the city.

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Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland said the money will be used to bring back fire stations and police officers which were lost due to budget cuts last year, as well as maintain current services and fix roads.

“This is as good as it gets,” Copeland said. “I really was hopeful. I thought we were going to pass, but I had no idea it would be a 2-to-1 victory.”

Opponents of the measure said the increase will hurt Springfield in the long run by making the city unappealing to businesses and prospective residents.

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