Springfield FY 15 Budget unanimously approved

Springfield City Hall is seen here in a WWLP file image.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city councilors unanimously approved the city’s Fiscal Year 2015, $581 million city budget Monday night.

Springfield City Councilor Timothy Rooke told 22News, “It’s probably the smoothest and fastest budget process I’ve ever been involved in.”

Rooke said any major differences had been worked out prior Monday night’s vote.

Highlights from the budget include no layoffs and no cuts in services and additional money being allocated to both the Springfield Fire and Police Departments to enhance public safety.

Positions are being funded for 26 police cadets graduating from the Police Academy to replace retiring police officers.

Once Mayor Domenic Sarno signs the FY ’15 spending plan, it will be set to go into effect July first, the start of the next fiscal year.

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