City Seeks 20-Year Renewal of 1/4 Capital Improvement Sales Tax

The City of Springfield is asking voters on April 2nd to renew the 1/4 cent capital improvement sales tax with a twist compared to previous renewals.

Instead of a three-year renewal of the tax, the city wants to extend the renewal for twenty years.

“A longer term would change the way the city is able to use these funds,” Public Works Director Dan Smith said in a statement. “The City currently splits up project phases – design and construction. We do this because, especially with larger and more complicated projects, we can’t fully commit to completing all phases of a project during the current three-year cycle.”

The last renewal of the tax was approved by 86% of voters. In the 30 years of its existence, nearly $250 million has been collected for road, bridge, stormwater and sidewalk projects.

The city reports that just over 1,500 people returned surveys that helped determine the projects proposed over the first five years of the tax renewal.

Here are the proposed projects for the first five years of the renewal:

Construction projects:

Galloway St. Widening (Luster Ave. to Lone Pine Ave.)
Street widening with new curb and gutter, sidewalk, and intersection improvements at Luster Ave. and at Lone Pine Ave.
Division St. Reconstruction (National Ave. to Glenstone Ave.) – New pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, and stormwater infrastructure.
West Bypass and Kearney St. Intersection
Signal and turn lane improvements and ADA upgrades.
Division St. Sidewalk (West Ave. to Kansas Expy.)
New sidewalk construction.
Battlefield Rd. and Lone Pine Ave. Intersection
Signal and turn lane improvements and ADA upgrades.
National Ave. and Sunset St. Intersection Improvements – Signal and turn lane improvements and ADA upgrades.
Scenic Ave. over Wilson’s Creek Bridge Replacement
Bridge replacement including pedestrian safety features.
Walnut St. over Jordan Creek Bridge Replacement
Bridge replacement including pedestrian safety features

Design Projects:

Kansas Ave. Widening (Maplewood St. to Walnut Lawn St.) -Street widening with curb and gutter, sidewalk, and stormwater infrastructure.
Fremont Ave. Widening (Erie St. to Independence St.) – Street widening with curb and gutter, sidewalk and stormwater infrastructure.
Campbell Ave. Widening (Republic Rd. to Westview St.) – Addition of third southbound lane, curb and gutter, sidewalk, and stormwater infrastructure

Areas of Focus:

National Ave./Battlefield Rd./Sunshine St. Major Street
Resurfacing
– Resurface National (Kearney to Sunset), Battlefield (City Limit to Scenic, Kansas Expy. to National, Fremont to Glenstone) and Sunshine (Kansas Expy. to Glenstone).
National Ave. and Commercial St. Traffic Signal
Improvements
– Construction of replacement traffic signal and ADA sidewalk improvements.
Jefferson Ave. Streetscape (Walnut St. to St. Louis St.)
Improvements along the east side of Jefferson Ave. including sidewalks, stormwater conveyance and landscaping as well as new traffic signals at Jefferson Ave. and McDaniel St. and at Jefferson Ave. and Walnut St.
Rountree Stormwater Improvement Project
Numerous improvements in the Rountree Neighborhood to help resolve flooding to streets and private property mostly along McCann Ave., Rogers Ave., Fremont Ave., Pickwick Ave., Madison St., and Weller Ave. Project may include additional inlets and underground pipes.
Grant Ave. from Norton St. to Woodridge St.
Improvements to help resolve flooding to streets and private property. Project may include additional inlets and underground pipes.
Berkeley St. & Westwood Ave. to Seminole St. & Nettleton Ave. Improvements to help resolve flooding to streets and private property. Project may include additional inlets and underground pipes.
Hampton Ave. from Seminole St. to McGee St.
Improvements to help resolve flooding to streets and private property. Project may include additional inlets and underground pipes.
Loren St. & Karla Ave. to Bennett St. & Meadowview Ave. Improvements to help resolve flooding to streets and private property. Project may include additional inlets and underground pipes as well as selected property acquisitions within sinkhole boundaries.
Area around Lone Pine Ave. & Catalpa St.
Improvements to resolve flooding to streets and private property. Project may include additional inlets and underground pipes as well as selected property acquisitions within sinkhole boundaries.

City-wide Improvement Programs:

Sidewalk/Curb & Gutter Construction
Continuing annual program to construct, repair and upgrade residential sidewalks and ADA ramps as necessary to provide a safer and more walkable community.
School Sidewalk Program
Continuing annual program to construct, repair and upgrade the sidewalks and ADA ramps as necessary to provide safer and more walkable routes to schools.
Neighborhood Initiative Program
Neighborhood improvements such as sidewalks, stormwater control, traic calming, and other neighborhood capital improvements as required.
Cost-share / Economic Development Projects
The City and partners such as MoDOT, Greene County and private developers may consider Federal funding, public/public or public/private cost-sharing strategies that promote economic development opportunities.
Metro/Safety Signs and Markings
Replace, upgrade and add signage as needed.
Traffic Signal/Traffic Calming Program
Replace, upgrade and add signals as needed as well as annual signal maintenance.
Major Street Resurfacing/Rehabilitation
Continuing annual program to maintain or upgrade local streets, resurface the major thoroughfare system or upgrade residential streets to collector standards with stormwater control and sidewalks as necessary.
Minor Neighborhood Improvements
Provide funding to each council zone for minor infrastructure needs.
Center City Development
Provide funding for infrastructure improvements as needed to promote continued downtown development.
Reforestation & Landscaping Improvements
Reforestation program to replace trees due to project construction as well as landscaping city areas.
Stormwater Improvements & Flood Control
To resolve flooding to streets and private property and for the repair or replacement of stormwater infrastructure as needed.

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