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Springfield City Council Sets Budget Hearings


The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will begin budget hearings Tuesday.

The entire council will have an opportunity to publicly review the nearly $600 million budget recommended by Mayor Domenic Sarno  during  three two-hour long meetings that have been scheduled by City Council President Mike Fenton.

" To give both department heads and councilors a chance to have their voices heard prior to any final deliberation and vote we have," he said.

The mayor’s budget would put  more cops on the streets. It does not draw on the city’s cash reserves to balance the books.  The city council has until July 1st to approve a budget.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.