City of Springfield

Numbers show Clark County has seen job growth in 2016, but it's unclear whether this positive economic outlook may be impacted by the city of Springfield’s ongoing budget troubles.

 

Recent Clark County investments include development at the Prime Ohio Industrial Park and Wall Street brokerage firm EF Hutton’s decision to relocate its global headquarters to downtown Springfield.

 

Issue 2 Outcome Threatens Springfield Tourism

Nov 22, 2016

Springfield’s Convention and Visitors Bureau could see its funding eliminated after voters ultimately rejected an income-tax increase. Issue 2 would have raised income taxes from 2 to 2.4 percent for five years, generating an additional $6.7 million a year for the city.

 

The measure failed on Election Night by a narrow margin. But a final vote-count today on Tuesday morning by the Clark County Board of Elections shows the measure has failed by more than 220 votes.

Deborah Burchett won by about five thousand votes, ousting long time incumbent Gene Kelly. The democratic Kelly had been in office since 1987, but he's faced trouble in recent years including eighty grievances filed by deputies.

When she takes office, former sheriff's deputy Burchett will assume control of the Clark County Jail, the Emergency Dispatch Center and oversee a nearly 15 million dollar annual budget, the largest general operating budget in the county. 

A Springfield Woman Recalls A Day with JFK

Nov 7, 2016
Clark County Historical Society

In October of 1960, John F. Kennedy visited Wittenberg University on a presidential campaign stop while he and Richard Nixon were locked in a tight battle for the White House and Ohio was hotly contested, much like it is today.

 

Juanita Dennison, a longtime Springfield resident recalls that day:

 

Voters in Springfield and several other Miami Valley cities will vote Tuesday on levies that would increase income tax levels to cover budget shortfalls.

Springfield has a temporary, five-year earned income tax levy on the ballot known as Issue 2. If passed, the levy would generate an additional $6.5 million a year for the city, and increase tax rates to 2.4 percent.

Trump Rallies Crowd in Springfield

Oct 27, 2016
Dan Gummel

Presidential candidate Donald Trump was in Springfield Thursday. He spoke before a crowd of about 5,000 at the Champions Center Expo.

In his speech, Trump called for a change of leadership in Washington, saying "this election is for the heart and soul of America.”

If elected, the candidate promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. Trump told the crowd, "In Ohio, another 5 companies are dropping out of Obamacare.  Good luck in negotiations folks. That means that all the residents will be getting cancelation notices very soon."

 

Clark County Health District Aims to Renew Levy

Oct 26, 2016

The Clark County Combined Health District is asking voters to renew Issue 22. It’s a five year levy that brings in about two million dollars a year for the county’s public health programs.

Health Commissioner Charles Patterson says he expects Issue 22 to pass.

“The voters have been very supportive of the health district in the past," said Patterson. "The last time we ran this renewal levy over 60 percent of the population voted in favor of it so we expect that confidence in the program to continue.”

 

John Legend Theater Opens In Springfield

Oct 10, 2016
Springfield City School District

On Sunday, Springfield opened the new John Legend Theater in the former South High School and The 2.5 million dollar theater is one of many programs to be located building now known as “The Springfield Center for Innovation.”

Grammy and Academy Award winning artist John Legend, a Springfield native, was instrumental in raising support for the theater. He says the city has a special place in his heart, “It's an important place for me, I was born and raised here. And I feel the city has given a lot to me and I want to give back.”

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

Legacy Wall Street Firm Moves to Springfield

Sep 2, 2016
EF Hutton executives stand in front of their new headquarters in downtown Springfield.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

E.F. Hutton, a New York based brokerage firm, announced on Friday that they are setting up their world headquarters in Springfield and look to invest about $22 million in the local economy over the next 5 years.

Chris Daniels, the company's CEO, says they're excited to bring the financial services industry to the Midwest, "EF Hutton is speaking with its actions by moving to main street and showing its commitment to individual investors across the country." 

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