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October 21, 2014, 2:05 am
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Human Resources and Convention and Visitors Bureau Give Budget Numbers

During Wednesday's budget hearing at Springfield City Hall, Human Resources proposed their new budget and say a major challenge in the coming fiscal year will be the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care.


Director Melina Tomaras-Collins says HR will also be challenged by the fleet consolidation labor issues.


Another focus from aldermen was the measures being taken by Human Resources to bring about more diversity in the city's workforce. There were also issues raised about background check and drug test costs.


The HR budget comes in at 5.5 percent higher than last year at just over $1 million.


During Wednesday's marathon budget hearing, The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau says they are doing more with less. The budget using hotel-motel tax is down 5.3 percent but there were increases across the board in the number of tours and conventions to Springfield.


SCVB Director Fred Puglia says they will focus on technology in 2013.


All together, five different departments presented their budgets and fielded questions from aldermen.  Aldermen have until March 1st to approve all city department budgets. 

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