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October 22, 2014, 5:27 pm
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Rescheduled Council Meeting And Public Hearing on Budget Tonight

Springfield aldermen will decide what to do with several ordinances in the coming weeks that could impact the city’s workforce and increase contributions to police and fire pensions.


Aldermen meeting with the Council Committee of the Whole tonight will discuss whether to put a cap of 1,500 full-time employees hired by city hall. 


Mayor Mike Houston says that's not necessary as his administration has significantly reduced the city's headcount, but ordinance sponsor Joe McMenamin says it's intended for future administrations.


Aldermen will also discuss putting an additional $1 million dollars more into the pension fund for the city’s first responders.


Other ordinances up for discussion includes taking action on an eminent domain case, and a proposed reduction of the city’s tow fee.


There’s a proposal in front of aldermen to use eminent domain in the courts to get land owned by CONTECH for a southbound extension of 11th Street.


There’s also an ordinance on the agenda to cut the city’s tow fee in half from $500 to $250.


Springfield Aldermen will also open up a public hearing tonight for the proposed budget that takes effect March 1st.

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