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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.

Clark County Seeks to Attract New Retailers

Nov 30, 2016
Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, built in 1971, has suffered from the loss of several anchor tenants.
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Texas based Buxton Co will be paid $50,000 to look at retail development options for several Springfield-area sites including the Upper Valley Mall, Bechtle Avenue  and the I-70 corridor.  Clark County wants to increase retail options for residents and attract new business to the area.

“We’re trying to build a retail base, because it keeps people shopping in Clark County, adds to the sales tax and enhances our local businesses," says Commissioner John Detrick.

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.

 

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. 

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Some would-be voters in Greene County experienced longer than usual wait times early on Tuesday. Elections officials say some delays were caused by issues with software and machines.

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.

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.”

 

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Health officials say more than a dozen people have become sickened by a listeriosis outbreak connected to a Dole processing plant in southwest Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that three more people have fallen ill, including two from Ohio and one from Missouri. Eighteen people in all have reported bacterial illnesses in nine states— one of whom from Michigan has since died.

Listeriosis is often found in raw vegetables and meats, along with some soft cheeses.

A $4 million deficit and the loss of $2 million in state funding over the past two years has the Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities streamlining its operations in 2016.

Voters in Clark County have turned down the last two levy requests from the Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Now, Superintendent Jennifer Rousculp-Miller stated the agency will have to cut services in Clark County.

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