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City seeks input on use of sales tax

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The city of Springfield will send a sales tax renewal to the ballot next year, and it’s asking residents to weigh in on how best to spend the funding should it be approved.

The city’s quarter-cent capital improvements sales tax will be up for vote in April 2019 with no tax increase. The tax funds capital improvement and transportation improvement projects in the city, according to a news release.

Officials are asking residents to take a survey to mark which of the more than 20 projects proposed by Public Works the city should move forward on if the sales tax is renewed.

The proposed projects call for:
    •    building a new sidewalk on Division Street between West Avenue and Kansas Expressway;
    •    improving North Washington Avenue under the BNSF underpass;
    •    improving the Grand Street and Jefferson Avenue intersection;
    •    improving the Grant Avenue and Commercial Street intersection;
    •    improving the intersection at Battlefield Road and Lone Pine Avenue;
    •    improving the intersection at National Avenue and Division Street;
    •    making improvements at National Avenue and Sunset Street;
    •    making improvements at the West Bypass and Kearney Street intersection;
    •    reconstructing Division Street between Glenstone Avenue and U.S. Highway 65;
    •    reconstructing Division Street from National Avenue to Glenstone Avenue;
    •    replacing the Main Avenue bridge over Jordan Creek;
    •    replacing the Scenic Avenue bridge over Wilson’s Creek;
    •    replacing the Walnut Street bridge over Jordan Creek;
    •    streetscape improvements on Boonville Avenue from Chestnut Expressway to Nichols Street;
    •    streetscape improvements on College Street between 7th and 9th avenues;
    •    streetscape improvements on Commercial Street from Jefferson Avenue to Benton Avenue;
    •    streetscape improvements on Jefferson Avenue between Walnut Street and St. Louis Street;
    •    streetscape improvements on Walnut Street between Grant Avenue and Market Avenue;
    •    widening Campbell Avenue between Republic Road and Westview Street;
    •    widening Fremont Avenue between between Briar Street and Lark Street;
    •    widening Fremont Avenue between Erie Street and Independence Street;
    •    widening Galloway Street from Luster Avenue to Lone Pine Avenue;
    •    widening Hilton Avenue between Chestnut Expressway and Mt. Vernon Street;
    •    widening Kansas Avenue between Republic Road and Walnut Lawn Street; and
    •    widening National Avenue from Walnut Lawn Street to Montclair Street.

The current quarter-cent capital improvement sales tax, approved by voters for the ninth time in 2016, is projected to raise $30 million for improvement projects, according to the release.

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