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James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Proposed department budgets


Important Dates
  • Budget Workshop
    City Treasurer, City Clerk, City Council, Mayor's Office, Lincoln Library
    Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Budget Workshop
    Springfield Police, Springfield Fire
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Budget Workshop
    CWLP, Public Works
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
  • Budget Workshop
    Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Office of Planning & Economic Development, Human Resources, Office of Budget & Management
    Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Public Hearing
    Committee of the Whole
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Budget Vote
    City Council
    Tuesday, February 19, 2018

   Fiscal Year 2020 budget in brief

We are pleased to present the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020. The proposal, which includes a balanced Corporate Fund budget, emphasizes citizen safety, infrastructure enhancement, and increasing efficiencies in government.

Citizen Safety

  • 35 new police cars
  • 2 fire engines and 1 refurbishment
  • Shot Spotter technology
  • Body armor and ballistic helmet acquisition
  • Paramedic Level Defibrillator unit
  • Phase I of a three year police radio upgrade program
  • First full year of operation of the Traffic Signal Preemption Program
  • AmeriCorps At-Risk Youth Initiative
  • Phase II of the Focused Deterrence Program


Infrastructure Enhancements

  • $12.4M in streets, sidewalks, alleys and other major maintenance
  • $5.1M in planned sewer upgrades
  • $11M in Motor Fuel Tax projects
  • $1M in Public Works trucks and major equipment
  • Continued Branch and Leaf pickup programs


Efficiencies in Government

  • Budgeting for Outcomes pilot program
  • CWLP Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)
  • Further reductions in Fleet Maintenance operational cost
  • Overall headcount reduced by approximately 4 more positions

   The Budget Process

The City of Springfield adopts its budget in accordance with Chapter 65 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. The City’s Fiscal Year runs from March 1 – February 28. Assembling the budget is a vital process that involves deep analysis of data from City agencies along with input from local citizens, reviewing performance statistics, projecting available revenue sources, prioritizing needs, allocating resources and expenditures, anticipating department needs and establishing the necessary fees, charges, and taxes to provide sufficient services to the citizens of Springfield.

Where the Money Comes From Full Budget Revenues

Table 5: Revenues Combined by Source
User Charges $276,683,716 50.5%
Taxes $132,856,556 24.3%
Internal Service Funding $46,125,565 8.4%
Use of Fund Balance $29,288,505 5.3%
Interfund Transfers $16,945,830 3.1%
Bond Proceeds $13,530,976 2.5%
Grants $10,238,550 1.9%
All Other $6,300,288 1.2%
Other Fees $5,190,349 0.9%
Reimbursements $4,681,483 0.9%
Franchise Fees $2,175,600 0.4%
License & Permits $1,418,275 0.3%
Fire Protection Fees $1,112,629 0.2%
Fines & Citations $1,110,250 0.2%
Total $547,658,572 100.0%
Revenues by Fund Type

The pie chart illustrates the revenues categorized by fund type.


Where the Money Goes Full Budget Expenditures

Revenues by Fund Type

The pie chart represents all fund expenditures, which are also represented in Table 6. The aggregate ($546,277,891) is composed of expenditures from the City of Springfield and City, Water, Light &Power (CWLP).
Table 6: All Fund Expenditures
Personal Services $187,161,835 34.3%
Contractual $122,657,750 22.5%
Other Operating Lines $109,502,345 20.0%
Debt Service $54,718,679 10.0%
Permanent Improvements $48,496,875 9.0%
Transfers $16,952,039 3.0%
Awards & Grants $5,850,000 1.0%
Refunds $534,500 0.1%
Travel $403,958 0.1%
Total $546,277,891 100.0%