Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has recommended a $656.2 million budget for fiscal year 2019.
In a letter sent to the Springfield City Council, Sarno outlined the budget proposal and said for the fourth consecutive year, the city has balanced the budget without the need for stabilization reserve funds.
Sarno’s budget recommendation prioritizes public safety, economic development, infrastructure improvements, education, and community services.
“Over the last five years, Springfield has seen an astounding 45% decrease in crime and we are working hard to continue this trend,” Sarno said in the letter to city councilors. “FY19 is no different, and we will continue to strategically invest in areas that enhance departmental operations and keep all who come to Springfield safe.”
Investments in public safety outlined in Sarno’s budget recommendation include:
- 32 new police officers
- Additional positions added to the Crime Analysis Division
- Creation of a Gaming Enforcement Unit ahead of MGM Springfield’s opening
- 19 new firefighters
- Continued funding for Smart911 software
Funding for sidewalk repairs, park maintenance crews, and ongoing projects like Union Station, MGM, and Court Square is also included in the proposal.
To read the mayor’s full budget recommendation, please see below: