The city of Springfield will see some changes beginning next year thanks to their new budget which was approved Tuesday evening.
“It’s a really good budget. I think it’s strong. I think the citizens are going to be seeing a lot more work being done,” said Mayor Ralph Hammond.
Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond called next year’s budget one of the best, after it was approved Tuesday by the commission. The 13.7 million dollar budget will include road pavement projects and a new water and sewage system. Mayor Hammond asked for patience during construction.
“Not everyone will get it done in a year. I’d love to see it but it has been many years since the roads have been touched,” said Mayor Hammond.
Another item on the budget is the purchase of a new fire truck. Fire Chief Michael Laramore said it’ll replace a 22-year-old truck that will be used for training purposes after they get the new one.
“I think that this apparatus will give more to the firefighters than what they’ve ever had, more storage, more feasibility, more liability, it is just a safer vehicle for the firefighters.” said Chief Laramore.
Like last year’s budget, city employees will receive a 5 percent raise.
“They work hard. They are doing their best and they deserve it,” said Mayor Hammond.
Chief Laramore expects the new projects and equipment will pay off.
“It’s just a pleasure to know that we can come together and do what is right for the citizens and be a good stewards of the citizen’s money,” said Chief Laramore.
The mayor said the half-cent sales tax played a large role in the budget creation process. He also said the 5 percent raise won’t go to the commissioners.