Springfield (KMTR) – Voters will decide in November if property owners in Springfield will pay more in property taxes to help fund public safety. The city council voted Monday night to put a renewal of a tax levy on the November election ballot.
The increase to the average homeowner would amount to about $30 a year.
Voters first passed a public safety levy in 2002. It was renewed in 2006 with an increase to fund the new city jail. This year’s proposed renewal would pay for jail operations, courts, prosecutors and police officers.
The current property tax rate is $1.09 per $1000 of assessed value. If the measure passes in November, the rate will rise to $1.28 per $1000.
A survey conducted last month showed more than half of Springfield’s voters support the levy.