Springfield tax measure fails

The Clark County Board of Elections count provisional ballots after an income tax measure margin was only 55 votes. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The tax levy placed on the November ballot in Springfield has failed.

The Clark County Board of Elections counted provisional ballots Tuesday after the votes on November 8 totaled a difference of only 55 votes between those for and against the measure.

According to city officials, the income tax would have generated $6.7 million allowing the Springfield Police Department to reinstate a task force by hiring six officers to combat rising violent crime and drug abuse.

READ MORE: City of Springfield needs more manpower to combat surge in violent crimes, drug trafficking

Now that the measure has failed, the city is facing cuts to park funding, civilian police positions and cuts to other services.


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