Regional
11:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Springfield Close to Finalizing Budget

The City of Springfield is putting the final touches on a nearly 600 million-dollar budget.

Credit springfield.il.us

Aldermen have proposed several changes to the spending plan, which could be adopted tonight at a special council meeting.   Alderman Cory Jobe and others want to move nearly 80-thousand dollars from other areas to pay for a new inspector general position.  The job would involve investigating possible corruption within city operations.

Mayor Mike Houston says he will work with the position if it’s approved.

“There’s an executive function which has a mayor that operates city government.  There is a legislative function whose primary function is to approve a budget.  So I certainly respect their ability to approve that budget and will work with whatever budget is put together,” Houston said.

The city's new fiscal year begins Saturday.