Local Government

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

Anna Thomas / KSMU

During the final hours of its session in May, the Missouri General Assembly passed 10 bills, a majority of which were tax exemptions.  On Wednesday morning, ahead of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of all of the bills, the Joint City-Greene County Planning Task force met to discuss the potential losses for Springfield and Greene County. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has the story.

City of Springfield

The City of Springfield has named Tim Smith as its new deputy city manager. He’ll report to City Manager Greg Burris.

Smith has served as Greene County administrator since 2008, and has been with the county since 1992. In a news release, the city says Smith scaled back to part-time hours and half pay last year in an effort to help the county deal with a budget shortfall.

Smith replaces Gen. Fred Marty, who died last November after a short battle with cancer. Marty had resigned from the position shortly before his death.

Candidates for Greene County Presiding Commissioner answered questions on county jail costs, a failed use tax proposal, and methods to boost economic growth, among others, during a debate this week in Springfield. KSMU’s Julie Greene was there.

Republicans Bob Cirtin, Steve Helms and Jerry Fenstermaker, as well as Libertarian candidate Benjamin Brixey took questions from a moderator and the public. Democrat Donna Bergen was unable to attend.