Springfield mayor wants to annex state fairgrounds

The mayor of Springfield wants to annex the Illinois State Fairgrounds as a way to save state taxpayers money and bring in more sales tax revenue to the capital city.

During a Springfield City Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Jim Langfelder said the city should work with the state to annex the more than 300 acres of the state fairgrounds into the city limits. That would give the city a new revenue stream.

“What’s best for the city is to get additional revenues from the sales tax revenues generated throughout the year at the state fairgrounds,” Langfelder said.

Langfelder said annexation also would save the state more than $109,000 a year by not having to pay a fire protection service contract.

“We have firefighters at a firehouse that’s not in the city,” Langfelder said.

Mayor: annexation would benefit city and state

Langfelder said although the fairgrounds are close to Springfield, residents are mistaken if they think the land is within city limits.

“I think if you survey a lot of city residents, most of them would have thought that the fairgrounds is the city, but it’s not,” Langfelder said.

Two previous mayoral administrations also sought annexation, according to Langfelder.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Press Secretary Catherine Kelly says, “The administration will carefully review any proposal made by the city of Springfield.”

–Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network

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