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The City of Springfield is seeking input on how the ¼-cent capital improvements sales tax revenue should be used if the tax is extended in April.

The tax was first approved in 1989 and has been renewed by voters nine times:  In 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016..

A ballot measure that would have banned pit bulls in the city of Springfield was defeated at the polls Tuesday.  Sixty-eight percent of voters said no to the measure, which would have established a future ban on the possession of new pit bulls and prohibit acceptance of new pit bull registrations.

Following the vote, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure issued a statement thanking voters for taking part in the election.  He pointed to the initiative petition process as an avenue for turning beliefs into action and said “the democratic process has worked as designed.”

Michele Skalicky

Jason Gage was chosen to take over the position of Springfield city manager from Greg Burris who retired.

Wednesday morning, a crowd gathered in the lobby of the Busch Municipal Building for his swearing in ceremony.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said Gage rose to the top of a very strong pool of applicants.

"We were so impressed as we went through the discussion process and the interview process with his grasp of the issues, the focus that he would have on the priorities set by city council," McClure said.

Michele Skalicky

Sequiota Park, off Lone Pine Ave. in southeast Springfield, is a popular place to walk, bike or just hang out.  But in the summer, algae blooms on the lake can make the experience not-so-pleasant.

"The unsightliness of the algae just really detracts from what would otherwise be just a nice scenic view of some nice clear water," said assistant director of Springfield-Greene County Parks, Miles Park.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The state of Missouri is hoping to create new jobs and revitalize communities by identifying new, so-called “Opportunity Zones.”

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development says a total of 161 “opportunity zones” will give incentives for private investors to bring their infrastructure, businesses, and housing projects to those zones. According to a press release from the City of Springfield, the goal of the program is to attract investors to areas that might not otherwise be considered.

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