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(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs City Council met on Monday, September 30, for a special council meeting to discuss the city budget.

City Administrator Bob Pollard and City Treasurer Beverly Hicks explained the current tentative amount for revenue is $5.28 million dollars for the next year, and that currently there are no new revenue sources for the city.

The first item discussed involved recycling. It was explained that it currently takes a minimum of three days a week to bale cardboard and sort and bale plastic. The current truck will need anywhere from $15-25,000 to rebuild a piston so the city can continue picking up cardboard at businesses. It was also made know that another person is needed to be hired or the amount of recycling the city needs to be reduced. The council was in agreement to having businesses take their own cardboard to the recycling center and possibly hiring a part-time employee at the beginning of the year. City Hall will be responsible for supervising the new employee.

Police Chief Danny Dunn wants to add another Student Resource Officer for the school district. Currently the school funds 1/3 of the salary for the Student Resource Officer. The current budget for the Police is $360,000. The council agreed to lower the budget to $350,000.

It was explained that the last raise that was given across the board was two years ago and that was a 3% cost of living raise. The council was in agreement that a 3% cost of living raise needs to be considered in next year’s budget.

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