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Springfield City Council Approves Budget

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Springfield City Council met Monday night to approve the budget and address the 5.2 million dollar deficit for the next fiscal year.

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

Before council approved the budget, which takes effect July first, Council member Doug Burlison proposed two changes.

His first amendment added funding for five police officers.

The second amendment dealt with funding for non-profits.

Council approved both amendments and the final version of the budget.

But passing the budget doesn't solve underlying problems facing the city...Council member Gary Deaver says the ongoing deficit will have a cumulative effect that will really add up over time.

"This is a small step on a 140 million dollar problem. If you consider this in time, I'll use a prop here, if you use this entire sheet of paper to symbolize the 140 million dollar problem we are dealing with. This little colored area over here in the corner, this is what we are papering over and taking care of this year. So if we did this extreme budget year, after year, after year. Not five year, not ten, not twenty nine, if we were really lucky maybe thirty we might get caught up."

Besides addressing the budget, council approved renaming Jordan Valley Ice Park and Cooper Tennis Complex Stadium.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board had looked for a buyer for the naming rights of the ice park since 1999.

The board found a buyer this year.

Mediacom Communications Corporation offered to buy the rights for both facilities for $200,000 a year for the next 10 years.

After debate from citizens and council members, council passed the resolution to change the Jordan Valley Ice Park to Mediacom Ice Park and the Cooper Tennis Complex Stadium to Mediacom Tennis Stadium.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.