The City Council voted on the 2015 fiscal budget Monday night. It includes a 3%l payraise for city employees. The plan calls for total spending of $311 million - about $4.5 million less than last year.
City manager Greg Burris talked to Council members before the vote, saying, "Those of you who were on Council when we endured the recent recession can probably still feel the pain of the FY2009, FY2010, and FY2011 budgets at some level. Those were difficult times that required difficult decisions. But we made them. I am most proud of the financial rigor our organization established and maintained throughout that period and has continued to make since then. Just like our citizens, we lived within our means. We didn’t over-commit. We were realistic. And Moody’s noticed. In fact, we were one of the few cities who received an upgraded bond rating from Moody’s during the recession. The City’s Leadership Team still takes great pride in that, and I encourage you to continue that tradition of making hard decisions and living within our means."*
Burris says 60% of the city's overall income is from sales tax.
The Council also voted to table the urban beekeeping ordinance for another two weeks.
(*comments provided by City of Springfield)
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