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October 21, 2014, 8:35 am
970 WMAY News

Proposed City Budget Reduces Overall Spending Slightly; Alderman Says It's Not Enough

The proposed new Springfield city budget would take in less… and spend less… than in the current fiscal year. 


City budget director Bill McCarty says the city will get less revenue because of the expiration of a grant that has helped pay for firefighter salaries… but will also have lower financial obligations because it is retiring some debt service.  McCarty says the net result is a balanced budget that spends about one-percent less… without cutting headcount or services. 


But Alderman Joe McMenamin says the budget is not balanced… because it continues to underfund police and fire pensions.

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