The rift at Springfield City Hall is getting to be almost as wide as the gap between the city’s police and fire pension obligations and the money available to pay for it.
Alderman Joe McMenamin continues to chastise Mayor Mike Houston and his fellow aldermen for failing to take adequate steps over the past three years to address the funding shortfall.
Houston this week suggested “revenue enhancements” may be necessary to fix the $230 million unfunded pension liability. But McMenamin says there needs to be a wage freeze and more benefit changes before there’s any talk of higher taxes. And he’s repeating his contention that nothing is likely to change until there’s a new mayor and City Council in place.