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October 23, 2014, 2:15 pm
970 WMAY News

Aldermen Near Passage of New Budget Without More Library Funds

The City of Springfield is one step closer to approving a budget for the coming fiscal year, but without any new funds for the public library.


During Tuesday's Committee of the Whole, Aldermen approved several amendments, two of which would move nearly $80,000 from the Mayor's office to the Council Coordinator's office.


Alderman Cory Jobe says the money will be used for an inspector general post, though those details were not immediately available.


Alderman Gail Simpson's amendment taking nearly a quarter million dollars from cash reserves to the library was removed from consideration. Simpson said that there was too much conflicting information from the library and budget office and urged aldermen to find out how to open library for more hours.


The appropriations budget which includes $253 million for the corporate fund and nearly $340 million for City Water Light and Power was placed on the debate agenda for possible passage Wednesday during a Special City Council meeting.


Aldermen also held in committee and ordinance that would have allowed raises for several attorneys in the Corporation Counsel's office.  That could be brought back out in front of aldermen during the full city council meeting next week.  There was also a proclamation reestablishing the intent of the city to construct a supplemental public water supply considered by aldermen for possible passage next week. 


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