Springfield Mayor Mike Houston plans to ask aldermen for another $50,000 to underwrite operations at Oak Ridge Cemetery in the current fiscal year… saying the original $400,000 subsidy of the cemetery may not be enough.
The city has had to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars toward cemetery operations for the last several years, but the situation may be getting worse. Houston says expenses have been cut as far as they can, but revenue is not keeping pace with expenditures.
Even so, Houston won’t ask for more than the current $400,000 subsidy in his new budget for the next fiscal year. He says the budget proposal is balanced, and seeking more for Oak Ridge next year would throw it out of whack.