City Government, Election

Public Safety Levy: What it will fund, who it will help

SPRINGFIELD – In November, voters are being asked to renew Springfield's public safety levy, raising nearly $37.3 million for safety services. Over the past two decades, the levy has supported police, jail, and municipal court services — and is a key funding source for public safety initiatives in Springfield. 

Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon says the levy funds about a third of the public safety budget, including the municipal jail and about 40 police and community service officers, as well as court operations. 

“The big benefit is that we have a lot of tools . . .