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A New Budget In Time For The New Fiscal Year


The city of Springfield Massachusetts will start the new fiscal year Monday, July 1st with a balanced budget.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the $572 million budget the city council approved this week by a 12 to 2 vote will maintain current municipal employment levels and keep core city services.

The budget funds a police academy of 22 recruits who will fill vacancies on the police force that resulted from retirements. The public libraries are being reorganized with two branches closing permanently, but longer hours at the remaining locations.  Total spending is up less than 2 percent, as the city continues to struggle with declining property tax revenue.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.