The City of Springfield is having to dig in even deeper to help Oak Ridge Cemetery get out of a budget hole.
Mayor Mike Houston has introduced an ordinance for emergency passage to take another $60,000 out of the general fund to support Oak Ridge operations through the end of this month. That's on top of the $400,000 that had already been allocated for the cemetary in the current fiscal year, which ends Feb. 28th.
City officials say sales at Oak Ridge have fallen dramatically during the harsh winter months, and the extra money is needed for Oak Ridge to meet payroll. Last month, Houston had predicted that he would have to request an additional $50,000 for Oak Ridge, but the money situation is even worse than originally projected.