Quincy City Council hears second reading of $31.7 million budget

Quincy City Council heard the second reading of a $31.7 million operating budget for the next fiscal year.

Mayor John Spring said it includes a 2.8 percent increase from last year.

The new budget includes money for a new animal control officer and a 76th officer for the Quincy Police Department.

Spring praised Comptroller Ann Scott who he said was instrumental in creating the new budget.

KHQA asked the mayor if he feels he's leaving the city in good financial shape as the administration changes hands.

"I'm leaving the city with a $1.3 million reserve fund over $4 million in savings from our early retirement initiative," Spring answered. "We've reduced our workforce by 46 people. Yes, I think I've left the city in terrific shape."

Sources told KHQA off the record that a handful of city employees were told they would lose their jobs when Mayor-elect Kyle Moore takes over next month.

"I don't want to say on the record the people who were affected, but we did tell a few people that we would not be reappointing them as of May 6th," Mayor-elect Kyle Moore said.

Scott and City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp told KHQA they received letters on Monday telling them that they would not be reappointed when Moore takes over.

Scott said she was not told why she would not be reappointed.

Steinkamp said he will work for two more weeks, tying up loose ends and then will figure out what to do next.

"I appreciate the ten years of working for the citizens of Quincy, and I wish the new administration the best success," Steinkamp said.