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September 22, 2014, 9:19 pm
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Chamber of Commerce Supports One-Half Percent Tax and Sewer Fee Increase


The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is endorsing part of Mayor Mike Houston’s plan to pay for infrastructure repairs.

 

The Chamber is supporting a one-half percent increase in the city’s sales tax, with the proceeds used to finance an $86 million bond issue for major street, sidewalk and sewer projects.

 

The Chamber’s board also endorsed a second ordinance that would gradually raise the city sewer fee, to leverage low-interest loans from the Illinois EPA for sewer repairs.

 

Chamber officials say they don’t support tax and fee increases lightly, but say these are necessary for future economic growth and quality of life in Springfield.

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