Springfield tax levy could bring road repairs

Springfield city leaders meet for an open-forum political debate, and to discuss tax levy. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — City leaders met today at the Marriott in Downtown Springfield to discuss a tax levy that could improve roads in the city.

Springfield Mayor, Warren Copeland, said that if the levy was approved, the money from the tax increase would be divided evenly between four portions of the city.

The levy would raise the income tax from 2% to 2.25%.

For Springfield Fire Chief Nick Heimlich–the quarter of a percent increase in income tax will go directly to road repairs.

“That incrase is intended to be directed solely to correcting deteriorating road conditions.”

Candidates for County Commissioners, auditors, and house representatives also met in a debate-style forum in downtown today.

Heimlich tells us a decrease in funding for road improvements has led to road deterioration.

“We can patch holes, we can do some elements, but the major reconstruction of a road service is an outside contracted entity. Those are not city employees.”

Essentially — the tax levy would be spent for bids on outside contractors. He says tax money would be divided evenly.

“Distribute the developments to four quadrants of the city so that no one area got all of the benefit of the tax money.”

Heilmich tells us the November levy is meant so that you can’t have your pie and eat it too. All tax-payer dollars will be spent on projects — and not salaries.

“It’s not like you get your five percent, you get your five percent and then you end up with some figure less than 100 percent.Their goal is to say that 100% of these dollars are targeted toward street improvements.”

A resident making around $30,000 per year could expect to pay an additional $75 annually because of the tax levy.

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