Springfield City Council Meeting Preview November 4, 2019

Springfield City Council have a wide variety of items on a rather sizable agenda for their November 4, 2019 Council meeting.

One of the biggest agenda items is the Council’s potential adoption of 2020 legislative priorities for the city.

The resolution, which is open to public comment but can also be voted on at this meeting, contains a list of general priorities including opposition to any legislation that would hamper local control or create unfunded mandates; they also call for promotion of public safety, economic vitality, and quality of place.

There is also a list of specific priorities:

  • Internet Sales Tax – The City of Springfield asks our local delegation to introduce and support legislation that will “level the retail market playing field” in accordance with the intent of the recent South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court case by appropriately including Internet sales in the current Sales Tax and/or Use Tax statute.
  • Hotel/Motel Tax – The City of Springfield asks our local delegation to introduce and support legislation enabling the Springfield electorate to vote on a hotel/motel tax or a convention and tourism and/or convention and sport tax in addition to the hotel/motel tax at the same afforded to the voters in Kansas City and St. Louis.
  • Statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) – Missouri is the only state of 50 without a PDMP. As a result, the City of Springfield encourages our local delegation to introduce and support legislation to establish a statewide PDMP. Although the City of Springfield and Greene County have each implemented local PDMPs, this is truly an issue of statewide concern.
  • Pay Day Loans – The City of Springfield asks our local delegation to introduce and support legislation that will limit refinancing and cap the amount of interest that can be charged by pay-day loan and car title loan companies that tend to prey on the poor. According to the State Commissioner of Finance’s report to the Governor, the average interest rate for “pay day” loans in Missouri in 2016 was 462%.

The complete list of legislative priorities can be found at this link.

A series of ordinances will be given first reading that will update the city’s Land Development Code to updated international standards and best practices.

Another measure given first reading will be an ordinance that will authorize the city joining the commercial component of the Show Me Property Assessment Clean Energy District, or the “Property Assessed Clean Energy” Program.

Other issues before Council include a potential partnership between the FBI and Springfield police; a contract on the city’s real-time traffic management system; a redevelopment plan that includes blighting an area on East St. Louis Street, and the return of a tabled item from October 7, 2019 concerning easements around 340 South Patterson Avenue.

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