Springfield Wouldn't be the First City to Dissolve

CEDAR GROVE-- At a workshop Monday, Springfield mayor Ralph Hammond announced that Springfield had reached a fork in the road. Pay more in taxes and survive, or eventually run out of money and dissolve.

"So this is a step, for the future of Springfield, or for the closure of Springfield. Personally, I don't go for the second option," declared Hammond to a full room.

In the mid 2000's, residents in Cedar Grove were facing a similar situation.

"My campaign slogan was to allow the people to vote to decide if they wanted to remain a municipal government or be governed by the county," said former Cedar Grove commissioner Tony Brannen.

The citizens voted to dissolve the city. Now, over 5 years later, Brannen thinks people are happy with that decision, "Personally I feel, as well as those that I have spoken with, that this is the best thing we have ever done, and it needs to be from bridge to bridge to bridge."

Once a city dissolves, those tax payers are absorbed by the county. The county then provides them with services.

Callaway is finically sound, but in the 90s they did dissolve their police department, and now rely on the sheriff's department.

"I can tell you that the service that the city is receiving from the county is fantastic, and at this point in time, it's lucrative for the city to continue this relationship with the sheriff’s department," said Callaway city manager Marcus Collins.

"I'm not saying that's the best thing for everyone to do. I'm not favoring one way or the other for the citizens of Springfield or their elected officials. It's just again, at this point, something needs to be done," said Brannen.