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Chamber Supports Tax, Fee Hike For Infrastructure; Houston Wants More


The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has endorsed part of Mayor Mike Houston’s infrastructure funding plan… but the mayor isn’t sure that support goes far enough. 

 

The business group has given its backing to a one-half-percent sales tax increase and a hike in sewer fees to pay for major projects.  But Houston is still hoping aldermen will also approve an additional one-quarter-percent sales tax hike to pay for ongoing basic maintenance of streets and sewers.  That would bring the total sales tax increase to three-fourths of one-percent.

 

Several aldermen remain reluctant to support any kind of a tax or fee increase.

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