Springfield City Council OKs Telecom Tax Hike

Feb 7, 2018

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The Springfield City Council voted this week to raise the tax on landline phones and internet service, but rejected a second proposal to raise the sales tax. 

Money from the higher telecommunications rate will fund Lincoln Library, Springfield’s public library. The 6 percent rate, up from 4, could take effect July 1.

The hikes were part of a proposal from Mayor Jim Langfelder to plug a multimillion-dollar hole in the city’s budget for the fiscal year that starts March 1.

Crystal Thomas, the State Journal-Register’s City of Springfield reporter, tells us more. Her latest story on the budget is here.