Springfield aldermen have begun digging into a proposed city budget that funds 33 fewer positions than the current fiscal year’s spending plan.
Monday marked the first in a series of hearings on Mayor Mike Houston’s proposal.
One item that is not part of the budget is the consolidation of city garages, a recommendation included in the Maximus efficiency study.
City budget director Bill McCarty says labor, facility and equipment issues have proven to be complicated, and says he will have to come back to aldermen at a later time to fund the project.
There are some additions to next fiscal year’s budget including a new job and some revenue from gambling.
McCarty says there will be one position added to the mayor's office. That will be a paralegal to assist in video gaming licenses for $50,000 a year.
Some other additions in the overall budget includes a $400,000 program to assist Oak Ridge Cemetery, $1 million in payments to police and fire pensions, and $7 million in funds for infrastructure improvements, some of that coming from newly instated video gaming machines.
Aldermen have until the end of February to approve the budget before the beginning of the fiscal year.