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(Willow Springs) – A final budget for the next fiscal year will be approved at the next meeting of the Willow Springs City Council.

The council met Tuesday evening and discussed the budget with Treasurer Beverly Hicks. Hicks told the council that the main emphasis with the upcoming year’s budget will be on capital infrastructure improvements and repairs to water, electric and sewer systems. The budget will be around $5.3 million, with a total of around $570,000 in supplies, parts and materials for the electric, water, and sewer projects. Hicks says this is the most the city has ever set aside in the budget for such projects.

Also at the meeting, the council heard from representatives from the Library Board concerning the library’s status as a non-profit organization, and a group wanting the city to invest in advertising to help boost revenue in the city.

The council also approved motions to allow City Administrator Bob Pollard to accept funding for a DRA grant for improvements to 10th Street; voted to allow new City Clerk Crystal Daniels to sign checks; and approved the closure of Main Street for the December 8 Christmas parade.

Ozark Radio News will have more information on council items throughout the week.

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