5/8 or 3/4 cent sales tax, that's the question
There has been a special City Council meeting called for Thursday evening to have first reading and public hearing of two separate bills. The two bills, 2009-206 and 207, give the City Council a choice of approving the call for an election to institute a 5/8 cent sales tax (2009-206) or a 3/4 cent sales tax (2009-207) on retail sales within the City of Springfield.
Both sales taxes would provide revenues for the Springfield Police and Firefighters Pension System if approved by voters in November, 2009. If passed, both ordinances also provide for sunset of the tax, either five years from the date of passage or when the pension fund reaches a fully funded status, whichever comes first.
If you would like to attend the meeting tonight, it will be held in the City Council Chambers at Historic City Hall. Council Chambers are on the 3rd floor. The meeting time is 6 p.m.
If you wish to speak to the Council, you'll need to sign one of the cards provided and present it to City Clerk Brenda Cirtin. Public comments will be limited to 5 minutes per speaker.
Source: City of Springfield Public Information Office