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July 28, 2014, 7:21 am
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Mayor Houston Explains Delay For Infrastructure Plan


Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is offering some new details on why it’s taken so long to present a plan to fund infrastructure improvements.

Houston had promised such a plan within 30 days of taking office… nearly two years ago. But he still hasn’t produced one.

 

The mayor tells 970 WMAY’s Jim Leach that his initial plan depended on revenues from selling electricity on the futures market… but then prices plunged, and that was no longer a viable option to pay for the city’s massive infrastructure needs. Houston is now working on a plan that includes an increase in direct sewer fees… and a sales tax hike to finance bonds that will be used to pay for street and sidewalk repairs.

 

The mayor still won’t say how big a tax increase he’s considering… or when he will present that plan to aldermen.

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