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Springfield closer to adopting budget for next fiscal year
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Springfield City Council members have approved the first reading for the 2016 fiscal year budget, a $2.16 million spending plan for the coming 12 months.

The current FY15 budget, which expires Dec. 31, called for $2.2 million in spending and revenues for the city.

“We hashed it out pretty well at the last meeting,” Mayor Barton Alderman said of the budget.

In the proposed budget, expected to be adopted at the council’s Dec. 8 meeting, the streets and lanes department will get the most funding, approximately $576,000, followed by more than $553,000 devoted to the police department. Administration will get $242,000 in funding, and general government is expected to get $227,000.

The projected budget calls for a slight increase in spending for administration but a cut of nearly $16,000 in general government. Streets and lanes are getting about $26,000 more in the FY16 budget, and the police department spending is going up about $69,000.

The city’s court will receive about $147,000, and community development will receive more than $76,000.

Spending on the fire department, which was in excess of $484,000 for the current budget, will be more than $178,000 next year. The city and the county fire departments merged earlier this year.

The water and sewer budget is $1.28 million, and the sanitation budget is $157,000. The city’s Mars Theatre will get more than $326,000, and the city will appropriate $1.5 million out of its special purpose local option sales tax fund.

The city also has purchased three new police cars, and approved getting decals for the new vehicles at their Nov. 10 meeting from Edwards Interiors. Edwards Interiors has a graphics design department.