SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The city of Springfield is using your input in how to improve our area.
A recent survey shows that people want more paved streets, wider streets, and better intersections. A 1/4 cent sales tax will be put on an April ballot to fund those projects.
It’s not a new tax or a tax increase rather it’s a continuation of what’s already in place. If it passes, you will continue to pay .25 for every $100 you spend at the store.
“We’ve had people in neighborhoods basically tell city council ‘you know we really would like to go down to the park, Sequiota Park, but we’re afraid to walk down the road as it stands’ and so the only way they feel they can do that safely currently is to get in their car” says public works director, Dan Smith.
Smith says the narrow two lanes from Luster to Lone Pine are the problem.
“Really the drop offs are steeper than we would like on each side then when you go down the hill to Lone Pine, it’s kind of steep at the intersection,” says Smith.
Smith says the solution is to “actually widen that out to three lanes and on one side, it would provide a normal sidewalk. On the other side it would be a multi-use path kind of like a trail.”
The street safety would continue at intersections like Lone Pine and Battlefield along with Division Street between National and Glenstone.
The improvements don’t stop there. The city would use your tax money to repave much needed streets like National and Battlefield.
“You’ve probably seen some of the challenges we faced this winter with potholes etc. and so we’re trying to move forward and get our streets in better shape as well,” says Smith.
City council will vote on the 1/4 cent sales tax in two weeks.
If it passes, you can vote on it in April.