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Springfield City Council approves sales tax increase and budget

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After a lengthy discussion of possible cuts and accounting moves, the Springfield City Council finally has a budget.  The council voted to approve the budget after passing a 0.25% sales tax increase. Aldermen Redpath, Senor, and McMenamin voted against the sales tax increase. The budget itself passed more decisively, with only McMenamin voting no.

As anticipated, the sales tax increase was not enough to balance the budget. Several amendments to the budget closed some of the remaining gap. However, the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) is still has a multimillion dollar shortfall. Worse, there is a “structural deficit” driven by pensions and a shrinking tax base, meaning next year the city will face the same problems again.

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Springfield Police’s “Bridging the Gap” BBQ this weekend

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PRESS RELEASE | The Outlet in partnership with the Springfield Police Department invite the community this Saturday, September 22 for the annual Bridging the Gap BBQ. This free, family-friendly event will take place at Jaycee Park, 2400 E. Monroe Street, from 12-noon to 3:00 p.m.  This event brings the community, law enforcement and first responders together for an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun for the entire family.

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting. The mayor’s youth council is being presented to the city council.

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Follow along live with the CWLP Public Utilities Meeting. They will be discussing CWLP’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), as well as other business.

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