Springfield, MO—A half-cent sales tax along Commercial Street is closer to becoming a reality after the City Council voted Monday. Money generated from the proposed tax would go toward building a web site that would market Commercial Street, with funds also used for additional police patrols, snow and trash removal, business recruitment and retention, transportation to and from downtown on First Fridays plus a pied piper to lead away the bums, hobos, and hippies who call the area home.
Major Jim O’Neal said, “the piper has accepted and thus will play a musical pipe to lure the undesirables with a song into Jordan Creek, where all of them will be drowned.” Depending on his success, the people of Springfield, MO may renege on their promise and refuse to pay the rat-catcher turned bum-herder. Presumedly, the man would leave town angrily, but would returned some time later, seeking an unknown vengeance.
As it currently stands the CID would generate up to $203,300 in its first five years. However one business plans to leave the area thus reducing the available funds to be raised. If this happens, not enough money would be available to pay the pied piper. “Oh I could see the pied piper coming back to town, with more hobos in tow than you’ve ever seen. He’d probably play Big Rock Candy Mountain for every neer-do-well to follow in a 10 state radius. We’d be overwhelmed with bummage,” said local resident Herby Shiffer.
The historic district‘s registered voters would have the final say in the matter with a vote on the ordinance possibly in September. The Greene County clerk’s office reports 378 voters within the district. According to voter turnout in the past results show only about 10% of eligible voters actually show up to vote in elections so at most 37-40 people will decide this election.
This select minority will decide the fate of Commercial Street: thriving retail district or something to the tune of:
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains there’s a land that’s fair and bright
Where the handouts grow on bushes and you sleep out every night
Where the boxcars are all empty and the sun shines every day
On the birds and the bees and the cigarette trees
Where the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
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