Springfield, Mo. -- (12/4/2017) If given the green light by the Planning & Zoning Commission in December and City Council on Jan. 29, 2018, the City of Springfield will spend nearly $80 million on 114 capital improvement projects and programs during the 2018 fiscal year. Twenty-two projects and programs identified in the 2017 Capital Improvements Program Plan have been completed as promised at a cost of $41.6 million.
By definition, capital improvement projects are:
City of Springfield capital improvement projects are prioritized based on their relationship to the following City Council adopted priorities: Public Safety, Legislative Engagement, Fiscal Sustainability and Economic Vitality.
The planned 2018 projects include ones that are city-wide and in each of the four City Council zones, with the majority of work planned for Zone 1, the City’s northwest quadrant.
“The Capital Improvements Program is a schedule and strategy for funding and planning the construction, maintenance and replacement of the infrastructure and public facilities for a six-year planning window,” said Principal City Planner Randall Whitman.
The program identifies capital projects and programs that will be funded in 2018 and those projects and programs potentially funded between 2019-2023.
Whitman said the CIP is updated on an annual basis, creating an opportunity for new projects or programs to be added and existing projects to be amended, as construction schedules and funding demands. This annual review allows projects and programs to receive consideration for funding and inclusion in the annual budget.
“The CIP also strives to align anticipated capital improvements with adopted plans, studies and related programs the City and its various departments are charged with following,” Whitman said.
The primary funding source for Capital Improvement Projects is the 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Project Sales Tax, which has been renewed every three years by Springfield voters since its inception in 1989. Other funding sources include the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax, the Level Property Tax, the 1/4-cent Parks Sales Tax, and state and federal funding. Many of the projects have already been programmed and solicited for funding in connection with the 2016 renewal of the 1/4-Cent Capital Improvement and 1/8-Cent Transportation sales taxes.
Zone 1 projects
Zone 2 projects
Zone 3 projects
Zone 4 projects
City-wide projects include a reforestation and landscaping program, school sidewalks, sidewalk/curb/gutter and ramp construction, floodplain acquisition and stormwater improvement, bicycle routes signs and markings, neighborhood improvements and the Neighborhood Works program.
Whitman added that the development of the 2018 Capital Improvements Program represents a collaboration between multiple City departments, resulting in a comprehensive database of all public improvement needs planned everywhere in the City, from the airport to the zoo.
The Capital Improvements Program fulfills the City’s Charter requirement that the City Manager shall “... secure an estimate of all capital projects pending and of those which it is recommended should be undertaken (a) within the budget year and (b) within the next five succeeding years.”