Narrow Defeat of Springfield Issue 2 Could Trigger Recount
Springfield residents could see cuts to police, fire, parks and recreation services after voters narrowly rejected ballot measure Issue 2. The levy would have generated about $6.5 million a year for the city, and increase income tax rates from 2 to 2.4 percent for five years. But the results were close. The levy failed by just 55 votes. And all provisional and absentee votes have yet to be counted.
City officials have said that if the levy failed to pass, they’d be forced to close a fire station and reduce funding to the parks and recreation department.
Springfield city manager Jim Bodenmiller the closure would likely target Station 5 on Commerce Road, effective January 1st, if the levy ultimately fails.
Officials say a recount could be triggered if the final margin comes in at less than a half a percent.