Office of Management & Budget

Welcome to the City of Springfield's Office of Management and Budget!

Recently, the CAFO and Finance Departments were consolidated into the Office of Management & Budget. The goal of the new “OMB” is to ensure the fiscal health and sustainability of the City by providing the Mayor, City Council, and other City departments with timely and accurate information, advice, and performance management.

With this reorganization, the department is now leaner, more diverse, and is better suited to analyze the City’s administrative and financial support functions. OMB will continue to evaluate process changes, improve the City’s finances and operations by providing quality services in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Read the full OMB Rollout Memo.

View the OMB Rollout Presentation.

Springfield Fiscal Year 2015 Debt Affordibility Study

In this report, affordability is measured by determining the annual amount of debt service and other debt-like payment obligations as a percentage of general fund revenues. This measure is a commonly accepted standard for measuring debt capacity. It provides a true indication of the relative cost of the City’s debt by taking into account the actual City’s payment obligations on debt and the amount of revenue available to pay those obligations. In recent years, the City has taken a proactive approach to debt strategy by reviewing outstanding debt for restructuring opportunities, consistently assessing capital needs, and offsetting project costs with outside funding whenever possible. The following debt affordability analysis will show that, consequent to these efforts, the City of Springfield is now in a position to strategically invest in its infrastructure and capital needs and plans to issue $50.5 million of long term debt in February 2015.


Debt Affordibility Study - FY2015 (pdf)

Completed SWAT Analyses

Tax/Title Property Management SWAT Project

Recently, the City submitted Requests for Proposal for the management of its residential and commercial Tax Title properties. This decision was based on the increasing costs of property management for City owned properties.


Grant Reimbursement and Reporting SWAT Project

Following an interdepartmental meeting in September 2013, an issue arose regarding the processes departments must follow for grant reimbursement and reporting.  A number of efficiencies and general process improvements were identified and implemented.  These efficiencies will make the reimbursement process easier and inevitably the City will collect grant funds faster. 

Building Permits SWAT Project

After the February 2013 City Ordinance change, an implementation team with representatives from Code Enforcement, the Office of Housing, the Office of Management & Budget, ITD, and Collector/Treasurers was assembled to compile data on unpaid code enforcement tickets.  Letters were sent to property owners with outstanding code violations, and because of this effort, to date, $95,860.26 has been paid to the City.

Health Care SWAT Project

A multi-departmental task force was created to review and reconcile the City’s health insurance budget.  As a result, the City was able to reduce the preliminary request for city-wide health insurance by $2.46 million.  This is the second consecutive year where the City was able to reduce the overall appropriation for city-wide health insurance.  Read the full memo here.

Ongoing SWAT Projects

Bill on Real Estate Taxes SWAT Project

The City has updated its procedure for collecting past due bills.  Code Enforcement violations, Clean and Liens and Demolitions costs that are unpaid for more than one year will now be added to the property’s real estate tax bill.  This allows the City a more concrete means of collecting bills that were created in an effort to help clean up the city and make it a safer place to live. A multi-departmental task force was created to implement and manage the new collection process. 

Summary Billing SWAT Project

Currently all departments pay their own bills for natural gas usage, a team from the Comptrollers, Facilities and OMB departments was assembled to work on creating a summary bill for all the City’s gas accounts. . The Comptroller’s Office will now receive one (1) summary bill instead of 101 different bills sent to various departments/locations throughout the City. This change will lead to greater efficiency in bill payment and more oversight into the City’s utility usage.  Facilities will continue to monitor cost and usage, but their review will not delay the bill payment procedure. 

Foreclosure Ordinance SWAT Project

The City Council amended the City’s ordinance related to vacant and foreclosed properties.  A multi-departmental task force was created to implement and manage the new ordinance.

Assessors Database SWAT Project

A SWAT team is working with the Assessors department’s data to strategically identify ways to help increase the levy ceiling.

Paperless Hiring SWAT Project

A multi-departmental task force was created to review the hiring process. A value stream map was created and revealed a convoluted process with numerous redundant steps.  Currently many different options are being explored to streamline the hiring process.

Contract Module SWAT Project

The Comptroller’s Departments has identified reoccurring issues in the Contract Module of MUNIS causing the year end close of the City’s accounts extremely difficult. Preliminary findings and recommendations will be presented to MUNIS to ensure a more streamlined process this fiscal year. 

City Budget Documents

Adopted Budget - Fiscal Year 2015

The City of Springfield Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 totals $581.9 million, a 1.8% increase from the Adopted FY 2014 budget.

Download the Adopted FY15 Budget

View the FY15 Budget Presentation

Adopted Budget - Fiscal Year 2014

The Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 totals $571.8 million, a 1.6% increase from current FY 2013, and includes funding for 2.9% additional employees than in FY 2013 (21.9% fewer than in FY 2008).

Download the Adopted Budget Document

Multi-Year Financial Plan & Capital Improvement Plan

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Administrative and Financial
Officer TJ Plante released the City of Springfield's Multi-Year Financial Plan (FY15-FY18) and the City's Five Year Capital Improvement Plan (FY15-FY19).

Developing the annual budget for the City of Springfield is the most important task of the City as it sets priorities, addresses the needs of our residents and businesses and allocates limited resources to provide services in the most efficient way possible. The City of Springfield is governed by strict financial policies adopted as ordinances in September of 2009. Section 42.29 (G) stipulates that "The chief administrative and financial officer shall produce and issue a four (4) year financial plan for the city by March 30th of each year. Said plan shall be comprised of reasonable revenue estimates and all expenditures the city may reasonably experience during said period. All assumptions contained in the forecasts shall be clearly presented within the forecast document."

The following represents adherence to this requirement and shows actual spending in FY09 - FY13 and the Adopted budget for FY14 and the draft projected budgets for FY15, FY16, FY17 and FY18. The projected budgets for F15 through FY18 were estimated by using appropriate and conservative assumptions for revenues and spending.

Download the Multi-Year Financial Plan

Download the Capital Improvement Plan (FY15-19)

Debt Affordability Study - Fiscal Year 2014

Mandated by Chapter 468 of Acts and Resolves of 2008, the City of Springfield's Office of Management & Budget is required to provide a yearly review of the City's current outstanding debt. This review is designed to have two desired effects:

1. An outstanding debt analysis will show financial officials and citizens the current state of debt management.

2. Secondly, this analysis will show if the City of Springfield could afford more debt in either the current fiscal year or future years as debt service payments decline.

This study will show the City is currently within its debt capacity as mandated by the City's financial ordinances Chapter 4.44.070

Download the Debt Affordability Study

Other Documents

Multi-Year Financial Plan FY 2014-2017

Capital Improvement Plan 2014-2018

Page last updated:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:08 am