Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Michele Skalicky

President Trump’s visit to Springfield last month cost the city of Springfield $123,944.92.  At the Springfield City Council meeting Monday night, Springfield City Manager Jason Gage said costs break down to $12,707.02 for the airport; $924.55 for Emergency Communications; $2,013.96 for Environmental Services; $8831.78 for Fire; $819.38 for Parks; $82,305.87 for Police and $16,342.36 for Public Works.

According to Gage, the total may change a bit due to adjustments departments might make after reviewing payroll costing reports, but he doesn’t expect it to change much.

Greene County is building a new operations center, and Monday it awarded the bid to construct it.  Six area companies responded to a call for bids, and the winner was Branco Construction, with a $3.387 million bid—nearly $600,000 under the original estimated budget for this portion of the project, according to the county.

With site prep, data lines, temporary utilities and equipment the entire project is expected at approximately $5 million.

City of Springfield

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.

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