Springfield, Missouri

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Springfield is one of the five largest cities in Missouri. It is the county seat of Greene County. According to the 2010 census data, the population was 159,498, an increase of 5.2% since the 2000 census. The Springfield Metropolitan Area, population 436,712, includes the counties of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk and Webster. Springfield's nickname is the Queen City of the Ozarks and is known as the Birthplace of Route 66.

Budget

The 2011-2012 General Operating Budget contains $70,313,000 in expenditures, an increase of 4.9% over the previous fiscal year. Expenditure changes from FY 2010-2011 to FY 2011-2012 were:[1]

Category Percent change
Employee Pay and Benefits 2.4%
Funding to Fill Vacancies & Job Reclassifications 1.1%
Department Operational Increases 1.1%
Increase in Contingency 0.6%
Department Fuel Expenses 0.2%
Transfers to Other Funds -0.4%
Total 4.9%

General fund revenue changes from FY 2010-2011 to FY 2011-2012 were:[1]

Category Percent change
Payments in Lieu of Taxes Revenue 2.6%
Sales Tax Revenue 2.1%
Other Revenue 0.5%
Licenses & Fines Revenue -0.2%
Total 4.9%

Public employees

Elected officials

The city government is based on a Council-Manager system. The City Council is made up of eight members, each elected to four year terms. The Mayor is elected to a two year term. Members are:[2]

Name Position Zone
Bob Stephens[3] Mayor
Jeff Seifried[4] Council Member Zone 1
Cindy Rushefsky[5] Council Member Zone 2
Jerry Compton[6] Council Member Zone 3
Scott Bailes[7] Council Member Zone 4
Jan Fisk[8] Council Member General A
John Rush[9] Council Member General B
Doug Berlison[10] Council Member General C
Open[11] Council Member General D

Administrative officials

The City Manager serves as the chief executive and administrative officer for the City and is responsible for directing the overall operations of the City of Springfield and for executing all policies and programs authorized by City Council. The City Manager serves City Council, and provides supervision and general direction to the City's leadership team. The current City Manager is Greg Burris.[12]

The Deputy City Manager helps administer City government through supervision of other City departments, assistance in policy formulation and implementation, and coordinating functions between various departments. He works with outside agencies and organizations in collaborative efforts.[13]

The Assistant City Manager helps administer City government through supervision of other City departments, assistance in policy formulation and implementation, and coordinating functions between various departments. He works with outside agencies and organizations in collaborative efforts.[14]

The Internal Auditor serves at the pleasure of the City Council and examines and evaluates city activities to assist the City Council in the discharge of their duties. The auditor provides independent, objective, professional analysis and reporting to the City Council. Specifically, the auditor identifies and proposes audit topics, conducts audit planning and fieldwork, and reports the results of audits completed.[15]

The entire Leadership Team (administration) can be viewed at online.[16]

Salaries

Employee salary details are not provided.

Pensions

Full-time employees are enrolled in the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System. The city contribute 18% of wages towards employee retirement benefits. Benefits are fully vested after five years of service, and are calculated as "2% x final average salary (average of 36 highest consecutive months in the last 120 months) X years of service = monthly benefit." Regular retirement is age 60, but reduced benefits are available as early as age 55.[17]

Lobbying

The city does not provide information on membership in taxpayer funded lobbying associations.

Transparency & public records

Public records requests are fielded and handled by the City Clerk's office. Records request may be made by calling the Clerk's office, or via fax or mail.[18]

Taxes

In 2008, voters approved the renewal of a 1/8 cent sales tax with a four-year sunset to fund traffic improvements in a partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation.[19] The city collects $524 in sales tax revenue per capita with a combined city, county, and state rate of 7.60%.[20]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Missouri city websites

Last rated on Dec. 20, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • Current operating budget is posted.[1]
    • Budget documents are archived to 2009.[21]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[2]
    • Minutes archived to 2003.[22]
  • Elected Officials
    • Names and contact details are provided for elected officials.[2][23]
  • Administration
    • Contact information for city leadership is posted.[24]
  • Permits
    • Building permit[25] and zoning[26] details are available.
  • Audits
    • Financial audits are posted.[27]
    • Audits are archived to 2003.[28]
  • Contracts
    • Current bid opportunities are listed.[29]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[30]

Public Records

    • The City Clerk provides information on how to file a public records request.[18]
  • Taxes
    • Tax details are available.[1]
    • Local transportation tax information posted.[31]
    • Sales Tax benchmarks posted.[32]
  • Lobbying
    • There are some documents, such as the strategic plan, that include city funded lobbying efforts.

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • A complete list of taxpayer funded lobbying efforts is not posted, including membership in advocacy organizations and contracts with registered lobbyists.

External links

References