Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno promises no layoffs or cuts despite coronavirus impact on city’s $728M budget

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno unveiled Friday a $728.6 million budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, saying revenue projections were cut in an “austerity” year impacted by coronavirus. The spending plan represents a $36.9 million, or 5.3% increase, over the current budget. The COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for a $38.1 million loss in revenue and additional expenses. “We are dealing with a pandemic and we are still able to put a cross a balanced budget,” Sarno said a news conference at City Hall.

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