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Jail Space, Stormwater Funding Among Task Force Concerns

Scott Harvey

A task force consisting of City of Springfield and Greene County staff have compiled a list of challenges facing both governmental entities. The findings come after 18 months of work by officials, and were reported to the council and Greene County commission today.

The report grouped issues in the following major categories: law enforcement and the criminal justice system; unfunded state and federal mandates; and the City and County’s financial stability. The Joint City-County Planning Task Force also further identified three pressing issues that members suggest need immediate attention. Those include: insufficient jail space and criminal justice system capacity; lack of stormwater funding for mandated improvements; and the County’s unsustainable financial situation.

Click here for the full report issued December 9, and here for a compilation of topic summaries discussed in the task force’s 27 meetings.

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens called for the creation of the city and county task force in June 2013.

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