We’re disappointed that the proposed City of Springfield budget will not match 2014 funds for demolishing Springfield’s worst properties. While we applaud the increased number of properties demolished in the past 4 years, there’s more work to do. With a backlog of properties waiting to be torn down, older Springfield neighborhood residents still live next to and suffer reduced property values because of abandoned, neglected and hazardous properties.
From Dec 20 SJ-R:
One of the ongoing initiatives that isn’t seeing as much funding in the proposed budget is building demolitions, something Houston called “close to my heart.”
There is $415,000 in the budget proposal for demolitions, which is less than it’s been in the past because the public works department has more pressing software needs due to an outdated system. That pushed building demolitions down the priority list. Houston said he hopes there’s an opportunity for a supplemental appropriation for building demolitions in the coming year.
The mayor included $500,000 in last year’s budget proposal for demolitions, but the total increased throughout the year to more than $800,000 with supplemental funding. This winter alone, the department plans to demolish 100 structures in the city.
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What can you do to help?
- Please call or email your alderman and express support for older neighborhoods and specifically for full funding to demolish properties still on the demolition list.
- Attend a City budget meeting – the schedule:
- Jan 7 – 5:30 p.m. Budgets for city treasurer, clerk, city council, Lincoln Library, planning and economic development
- Jan. 13 – Immediately following the 5:30 p.m. committee of the whole meeting. Budgets for the convention and visitors bureau, human resources and public works.
- Jan. 15 – 5:30 p.m. Budget for City Water, Light and Power
- Jan. 20 – Immediately following the 5:30 p.m. city council meeting. Budgets for police and fire departments
- Jan. 22 – 5:30 p.m. Budgets for mayor’s office, budget and management
- Get educated – attend ICON’s Aldermanic forum on Monday January 26, 6:30pm at the Dove Center.
- Get involved – join ICON and/or your neighborhood association!