Springfield Commissioners Still Moving Toward City Property Tax

By: Tiffany Huertas Email
By: Tiffany Huertas Email

Springfield- Mayor Ralph Hammond believes Springfield has come a long way in a very short time.

But commissioners still need to generate a new source of major revenue.

"We’re current with all our bills which is good but we're still 30 days behind," said Ralph Hammond, Springfield mayor.

The main discussion during Thursday's workshop meeting was implementing a new property tax to pay the city's debts.

"The Ad Valorem is going to help us get through," said Hammond.

Springfield is one of 22-florida cities that don't levy a property tax.

But without it, Hammond says the only other option would be dissolving the city.

"I will never support the closure of Springfield. I think we have a lot of good history here. A lot of good residents and even if we close the door, you go somewhere else you're going to pay the tax," said Hammond.

Hammonds also squashed rumors the commission has already decided to contract-out fire and police services.

"We’re talking about options, that's all we're doing. The police and fire as far as i know are going to stay here as long as our city's here," said Hammond.

At least one commissioner believes he and his colleagues could help the city's finances themselves.

Commissioner Phillip Dykes pointed out the commissioners could get-by without salaries and expenses.

"You know i think a couple 300 dollars a month for expenses and that kind of stuff would be more then sufficient with no benefits. That's my feeling," said Philip Dykes, Springfield commissioner.

The mayor makes about 26-thousand dollars a year.

Commissioners get about 22-thousand.

Dykes says they can donate those salaries back to the city.

"We were mislead, some i think, that it was a requirement. If you were elected official and were salaried that it had to be paid. Not true," said dykes.

Springfield commissioners will continue discussing finances at their next workshop meeting April 17th.


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