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Springfield Mayor Meets With Residents about Proposed Tax Increases

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder made his case to about 75 Springfield residents about why he believes the city needs four tax increases the next year. (WICS)

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder made his case to about 75 Springfield residents about why he believes the city needs four tax increases the next year.

He said the tax increases will help cover a $5 million hole which needs to balance the budget. The city has received less than expected sales tax and income tax revenue this past year.

Friday he answered questions from the audience and says while no one likes tax increases, this is what's best for the city.

“It's not just about the wards, it's about our community. So if somebody is sick in your family, you don't say we don't have the money for it, you take care of it,” he said. “And that's what we're trying to do. We're trying to take care of the city.”

The tax increases include adding a quarter percent to the sales tax and a one percent to the hotel motel tax.

The mayor said these still fall in line with other central Illinois cities but many of the aldermen Newschannel 20 has talked to say they're looking to make cuts before approving tax hikes.

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