Springfield City Income Tax Levy To Return To May Ballots
At a Tuesday night meeting, the Springfield City Commission voted unanimously to put Issue 2, an income tax increase, back on the ballot this May.
The levy originally failed during the November election. Since then, the city has cut police services and closed a local fire station. Mayor Warren Copeland says the commission was forced to make cuts due to decreased state funds.
“We weren’t playing when we said these are the things we’re going to have to do if it doesn’t pass," said Copeland. "My hope would be that people seeing that is the reality that they give us a chance of winning in May. “
If the levy is approved by voters this Spring, the city’s income tax rate would increase by .4% percent.