SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has recommended a $628 million budget for fiscal year 2018.
In a letter sent to the Springfield City Council, Sarno outlined his proposal and said the city was able to allow less than a 2% increase over the fiscal year 2017 budget.
“We continue to make progress, both as a community and as a government, toward a future that focuses on fiscal sustainability,” Sarno wrote.
The proposed fiscal year 2018 budget allots $223 million to the city and $405 million to the city’s school system.
Sarno said it is the third consecutive year the city was able to balance the budget without the use of reserves, while still maintaining core services and initiatives in economic development, schools, public safety, and quality of life issues.
The budget recommendation includes funding for school breakfast in the classroom, additional police officers, firefighters and dispatchers, as well as a new fire ladder.
The proposed budget also keeps several community services intact for the next fiscal year, including after school programs for children, and the city’s free recycling and yard waste pickup.
To read the mayor’s full budget recommendation, please see below: