Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

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

Greene County voters who need to request an absentee ballot for the August 7 election by mail will need to do so by 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 1. 

Those eligible to vote absentee are those who will be out of town on election day and those who are homebound.

Requests may be handwritten or printed—a fillable form is available here—and signed by the voter.

Michele Skalicky

An independent, outside audit of Greene County showed positive results from 2017.   Andrew Marmouget, CPA and shareholder with KPM, shared the audit’s results during a public meeting Monday at the Greene County Public Safety Center.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Due to budget constraints, in 2012 Greene County changed the area to which it responded to nuisance animal calls.  But after citizens approved a ½ of one percent sales tax in November 2017, animal control services were restored Sunday to the unincorporated urban service areas of the county.

According to county officials, around $200,000 a year will be used to fund one full-time and one part-time animal control officer and equipment. 

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