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City Council Sets Budget Deadline

Springfield City Council set a deadline for departments to suggest budget reductions.

That deadline is March 25.

Council voted unanimously on the deadline today (Tuesday) at the Council luncheon.

KSMU's Erika Brame was there and files this report.

The City of Springfield is facing a 5.2 million dollar budget deficit for the 2008 fiscal year.

Following the March 25 deadline, citizens are invited to comment on the budget at a public meeting which will be held on March 31, at 6:30p.m. in the Council Chambers.

One area that the cuts will impact is the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Jodie Adams, the Director of Parks, says that this reduction will cause cut backs.

"Well we are looking at pools. They might be reduced two more days. You know there are some areas that we are trying to look at to still provide a service. But it may be a reduced service."

Adams says the pools may only operate Thursday through Sunday.

She also says that seasonal and full time positions may be cut.

This would be in addition to an existing hiring freeze.

City Council hasn't laid out the final budget.

It will continue to hear from the Park Board, Transportation, and the Public Health Services Departments at the next meeting.

City Council will then determine budget cuts for each department.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.