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Springfield adopts $1.7M budget
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Springfield’s city council has approved the budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins Jan. 1.

Council members approved a $1.737 million general fund budget, along with a sanitation fund budget of $144,000 and a special purpose local option sales tax budget $929,402.

The police department will receive more than $473,400 in the budget, about 27.2 percent of the expected expenditures. The city also projects spending on streets and lanes to be just more than $390,000, and the fire department will receive $320,000 in spending.

Council members also have approved two firefighter positions, which were part of the service delivery strategy agreements hammered out between Effingham County and the three cities.

The city is budgeting nearly $218,000 for administration and more than $163,000 for general government.

“We made a few adjustments,” said Mayor pro tem Jeff Ambrose. “The biggest thing that was added was the contingency funds.”

The city, which will start a citywide recycling program next year, also is appropriating $144,000 out of its sanitation fund.

Springfield’s millage rate will remain unchanged at 4.3 mills. The city has not changed its millage rate since 2006.