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Narrow Defeat of Springfield Issue 2 Could Trigger Recount

Springfield residents could see cuts to police, fire, parks and recreation services after voters narrowly rejected ballot measure Issue 2. The levy would have generated about $6.5 million a year for the city, and increase income tax rates from 2 to 2.4 percent for five years.But the results were close. The levy failed by just 55 votes. And all provisional and absentee votes have yet to be counted.

 

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City officials have said that if the levy failed to pass, they’d be forced to close a fire station and reduce funding to the parks and recreation department.

Springfield city manager Jim Bodenmiller the closure would likely target Station 5 on Commerce Road, effective January 1st, if the levy ultimately fails. Officials say a recount could be triggered if the final margin comes in at less than a half a percent.

 

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