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Springfield Budget Discussions Begin
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated CWLP would add four employees under the budget proposal. This is incorrect, and the story has been updated to reflect the correct information.
Springfield City Council is beginning to review Mayor Mike Houston's $599.1 million budget for the city's 2015 fiscal year.
Of that, the city's number crunchers expect revenue to be in the neighborhood of nearly $555 million. However, upwards of $30 million from the sale of bonds is expected to be added to the final revenue numbers.
Also included in the budget proposal are funds to continue running Oak Ridge Cemetery, money to keep demolishing the city's dilapidated homes, and millions for new vehicles and equipment for the city's police, fire, and CWLP.
There's also an interesting note for $50,000 to hire a private investigation firm. Budget director Bill McCarty explained what that's all about.
"If you have a situation that needs to be investigated, it makes more sense to bring in a professional from the outside who will remain objective," McCarty said. "Who has no connection--who isn't a colleague of the people being investigated--to come in and do a thorough investigation."
McCarty said the private investigation firm would only look into wrongdoing by city employees that does not rise to the level of a criminal offense.
City council has a month to review the budget proposals. Fiscal year 2015 begins March 1.