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Oesterlen Services for Youth in Springfield provides emotional and behavioral support for young people.  This week they celebrated the grand opening of the state’s first program designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

More than $1 million in funding from Medicaid and Department of Developmental Disabilities will create 15 new jobs at the center and provide a private environment for the treatment of up to 6 children at a time.

Dan Gummel

Downtown Springfield has seen a flurry of development in the last year, with new small businesses, luxury lofts and a brewery all opening their doors.

One of the most high-profile new developments is Hatch Artist Studios, where a $500,000 renovation is transforming the long-vacant Metallic Casket Company complex into studios for artists and small business owners.

Springfield artist and Turner Foundation creative director Rod Hatfield says the complex was chosen for renovation because of its central downtown location and its significance to the city.

Springfield to Vote on 2017 Budget Cuts

Dec 12, 2016

Springfield City Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on the city’s 2017 budget. Officials are also expected to announce cuts to police, fire and other services after voters narrowly rejected an income tax boost in November.

 

The Issue 2 levy that voters failed to pass would have increased city revenues by raising the earned income tax. Now, Springfield commissioners say they’re forced to make budget cuts for next year.

 

The 2017 budget is expected to include cuts to police, fire and recreation funding.

Springfield officials are asking for about 3 million dollars to improve the I-70 and State Route 72 interchange.  If granted the funds, the city also plans to reconfigure and beautify the Leffel Lane and South Limestone intersection.

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."

 

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