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    City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts next week will attempt to fill a vacancy among their ranks. 

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Government funds have helped people in western Massachusetts stay in their homes as jobs were lost and income shrank during the pandemic. 

Last June, the city of Springfield announced a $2 million emergency housing fund to help people pay rent, mortgage, and utility bills.  All but $140,000 has now been claimed.

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     A major housing project that will also preserve a piece of American automotive history has been approved by the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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  Newly installed Massachusetts State Senator Adam Gomez has announced he is resigning his seat on the Springfield City Council.  It puts City Hall in uncharted territory when it comes to filling the vacancy on the 13-member council. 

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      The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts will be on the clock during meetings this year.

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     Environmentalists and elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are monitoring the progress to repair hundreds of small natural gas leaks.

Springfield City Hall at night
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    The City Council in the largest city in western Massachusetts has chosen new leadership for 2021.  

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New property tax rates have been set in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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New property tax rates are about to be set in the largest city in western Massachusetts.  

In the midst of a pandemic that has brought economic hardships including a double-digit unemployment rate to Springfield, average tax bills for homeowners and business property owners are expected to increase next year.


             Enough revenue must be raised to balance the $728 million budget approved last spring.   Property taxes account for roughly 30 percent of the budget.

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Pressing for police reforms, the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has rejected a proposed contract for police supervisors.

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    The firing of a longtime mayoral aide and community activist has led Springfield City Councilors to question the city’s social media policy. 

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    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts gave its unanimous approval this week to legislation that regulates short-term housing rentals like those offered through online booking agents.

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   A years-long standoff between the executive and legislative branches of government in the largest city in western Massachusetts is heading to court.

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   A major urban renewal project is moving forward in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    Amid the national debate over policing, elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts may be going to court over who should run the police department. 

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     After a week that saw massive marches, protest rallies, and vigils in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts following the death of George Floyd, elected officials are pledging policy changes.

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A proposed 16.9 percent rate increase for about 240,000 water users in western Massachusetts is being reconsidered following sharp criticism from elected  officials.

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      Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are the latest to call for a safer option for voting in the state this year. 

The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts continues to defend the reinstatement of five officers while criminal charges against them are still pending. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, red ink is mounting for cities and towns.

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     The Massachusetts legislature, despite not meeting for a formal session in more than a month, has passed several bills in response to the pandemic. 

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        A virtual town hall, originating in the largest city in western Massachusetts, discussed resources and responses in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  

  Federal dollars have started flowing to the largest city in western Massachusetts to help with the recovery from the pandemic.  

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The legislative branch of the largest city in western Massachusetts is prepared to meet remotely during the coronavirus pandemic and comply with open meeting requirements.

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    Police in the largest city in western Massachusetts will soon start wearing cameras as funds have now been approved to purchase the equipment.

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Regulations have been drafted in the largest city in western Massachusetts to govern short-term housing rentals like those offered through online booking agents.

The six story building in Springfield's Court Square known as 31 Elm Street
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    The redevelopment of an historic block in the largest city in western Massachusetts has moved a step closer. 

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to ban police from using a controversial technology.   

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     What does the largest city in western Massachusetts do with the millions of dollars it gets every year from its single-largest taxpayer?     It was a question City Councilors in Springfield asked at a joint committee meeting Tuesday.

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    Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are trying to build a closer working relationship with organized labor unions.

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