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This page has been developed as a resource for the facts and information concerning the proposed May 2nd 0.4% earned income tax. We encourage input and will continue to ask for it through several different mediums. This page contains references to factual information to help answer questions and provide information to our citizens about this important issue. The page will continue to develop, and items will be added regularly.

If May the 2nd 0.4% Earned Income Tax Passes


  • Reopen Johnny Lytle Avenue Community Police Station.
  • Reinstate community programs such as Bike Camp and Citizen’s Police Academy.

Safe Streets

  • Add six police officers to combat violent crime and heroin epidemic.
  • Provide critical funding needed to keep our neighborhoods safe.

Fire / EMS

  • Reopen Fire Station #5 and reinstate a Fire/EMS Unit.
  • Invest in safety equipment, providing vital resources for our first responders.


  • Dedicate $2 million to improve neighborhood streets.
  • Improve streets making Springfield a better place to live.

Tax Issue Quick Facts

  • 76% of the City’s General Fund expenditures go to fund Police, Fire/EMS, 911 Dispatch and Municipal Court operations, with very limited ability to adjust costs due to minimum staffing levels set by the charter.
  • The State of Ohio has CUT Springfield’s funding by OVER $21.5 MILLION since 2007.
  • 145 CITY STAFF POSITIONS REDUCED since 2006. An overall reduction of more than 20%.
  • Springfield has been PROACTIVE and FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE by cutting expenses and keeping spending flat for over 10 years.

If the May 2nd 0.4% Earned Income Tax Does Not Pass

Additional major cuts will be made that will impact city services.

Reductions Already Made Include:

  1. Fire Station #5 closed
  2. One Fire and one EMS unit eliminated
  3. Johnny Lytle Community Police Substation closed
  4. Funding to National Trail Parks and Recreation District reduced
  5. Community police and fire programs eliminated, examples include Bike Camp and Citizen’s Police Academy
  6. Less public safety resources to deal with violent crime and the heroin epidemic

Community Responses Q & A

Question 7

How would you rate the current QUALITY OF LIFE in Springfield? View all Community Response Questions.

  • Very good 8.3% 8.3%
  • Good 32.4% 32.4%
  • OK 31.3% 31.3%
  • Poor 19.7% 19.7%
  • Very poor 6.9% 6.9%
  • Other/Unsure 1.4% 1.4%

Question 2

Do you believe that the services provided to the residents of the City of Springfield are: View all Community Response Questions.

  • Very good value for the taxes paid 10.2% 10.2%
  • Good value for the taxes paid 29.6% 29.6%
  • OK value for the taxes paid 35.9% 35.9%
  • Poor value for the taxes paid 12.7% 12.7%
  • Very poor value for the taxes paid 5.6% 5.6%
  • Unsure 6.0% 6.0%

Question 21

If an earned income tax does not pass, city services will be cut. Which of the following city services is most important to you? View all Community Response Questions.

  • Fire/EMS 46.5% 46.5%
  • Police 40.3% 40.3%
  • Unsure 4.9% 4.9%
  • Street Paving 3.2% 3.2%
  • Junk, Trash and Weed Enforcement 2.8% 2.8%
  • Parks and Recreation 2.3% 2.3%

Question 6

How aware are you that the City of Springfield police and fire departments are operating at the minimum staffing levels allowed by the City Charter? View all Community Response Questions.

  • Very aware 34.5% 34.5%
  • Somewhat aware 30.6% 30.6%
  • Not at all aware 34.3% 34.3%
  • Unsure 0.7% 0.7%
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