Springfield residents packed a special city commission meeting Monday night, as leaders had planned to discuss a potential ad valorem tax or property tax.
At the beginning of the meeting, commissioners removed the item from the agenda because of a miscommunication about when they could set the rollback millage rate. The city will have to wait until July First, when it receives the certified tax roll, before making any decisions.
Mayor Ralph Hammond said preliminary tax figures show about 40% of the city's property owners would likely pay while 60% are eligible for tax exemptions.
"We got to think about the whole city and all the citizens, not just one group here and one group there," Hammond added. "Whatever we can come up with and keep it as low as we can, that's what we're going to attempt to do."
The city will will have 35 days after it receives the certified tax roll to set it's rollback millage rate.
Commissioners will hold a public workshop on June 16th to further discuss the city's financial needs.