This post has been developed to help inform citizens of the facts related to misinformation that exists within the community. Please check back often as this post will be frequently updated with new information/facts. Would you like to see items added to the Rumor Mill? Please contact the City Manager’s Office for more information.

Rumor:

$12 million dollars has been approved for upgrading the S Limestone Corridor from Selma to Leffel.

Fact:

A planning study was paid for and completed by the Clark County/Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the South Limestone Corridor from Leffel lane to Selma Road. The study recommendations were then accepted by the TCC Board. This is not a commitment to spend any dollars on the recommendations made by the study. Detailed Design/Engineering would need to be completed on any of the phases of the project and grants from both the Federal and State government would be looked at to assist in completing the projects.

Rumor:

This tax will be a burden to those that are retired and on a fixed income.

Fact:

Social Security benefits and retirement income are NOT subject to the city income tax; therefore, this increase will not affect people receiving this type of retirement income.  Also, anyone working under the age of 18 will be eligible to receive a FULL refund.

Rumor:

The City has overspent and needs to live within their budget. 

Fact:

The City of Springfield has been proactive and fiscally responsible by holding expenses nearly flat since 2009.  The city is currently operating at total revenue levels that are $2 million less than in 2007.  The State of Ohio has cut funding to local governments across the state, forcing them to make drastic cuts locally.  Springfield received $5.4 million in state support in 2007 versus $1.7 million in 2016.

Rumor:

There are too many city employees and they continue to get raises. 

Fact:

The City has kept it spending on compensation nearly flat for the past 5 years, showing it understands its financial challenges.

Rumor:

The City of Springfield continues to pave and improve main streets through the community, but ignores the neighborhood streets. 

Fact:

The road projects that have taken place on high volume streets in our community are mostly funded by state and federal dollars that are granted to communities to make these necessary improvements.  Neighborhood/residential streets are not eligible for this funding.

Rumor:

The City of Springfield should just increase the sales tax or use money from the sales tax that is already in place. 

Fact:

According to Ohio state law, cities in Ohio are not permitted to collect sales tax.  Counties and the state are the only government entities that can collect sales tax.

Rumor:

The City of Springfield keeps hiring police, but says it will let people go if the levy fails. 

Fact:

The City is required to employ 124 sworn police officers per the City Charter as voted on by the people.  The City hires additional officers as needed to maintain the charter required minimum staffing levels.

Rumor:

The City of Springfield has seen its resident population decline and has not decreased its Fire and EMS personnel. 

Fact:

Fire staffing in 2003 was at 136.  This number was reduced by attrition to today’s number of 127.  Meanwhile calls for service have steadily increased over the years to record levels in 2015 and 2016.  The City Charter, as voted on by the people, requires the City to maintain a minimum staffing level of 127 firefighter/paramedics.

Rumor:

This temporary tax will become permanent as soon as it is passed. 

Fact:

This is a 5-year temporary tax.  It expires December 31, 2021 and cannot continue unless the voters in our community vote to extend it.

Rumor:

I already pay property taxes and the City of Springfield gets these tax dollars. 

Fact:

The City of Springfield only receives a small portion of property taxes.  The following is a breakdown of how property tax dollars are distributed for properties located in the corporate boundary and Springfield City School District.

  • Springfield City School District – 74%
  • Springfield/Clark County CTC – 3%
  • Warder Library District – 1%
  • Springfield Conservancy District – .05%
  • Clark County – 16%
  • City of Springfield – 3%
  • Clark County Combined Health District – 1%

Rumor:

Springfield is the only city requesting more money from residents instead of just cutting expenses. 

Fact:

In the last four years there have been 183 new tax levies placed on the ballot by cities across the state.  There are 34 cities, including Springfield, Troy, Dayton, and Centerville that had issues on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

 

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