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Springfield Continues to Tackle Residency Requirement Ordinance Proposal

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s been a controversial topic in the past and Thursday night the Springfield Residency Requirement Ordinance was up for discussion again.

The proposal requires anyone who gets hired by the city to also live in the city after January 1, 2013.

A version of the ordinance is already in place now, but not fully enforced.

The new draft, released Thursday night, includes rewarding city employees who have been following the rule.

Springfield City Councilor, Michael Fenton told us, “Existing employees as of January first 2013 who were subject to the prior residency ordinance and remained in Springfield will be rewarded a bonus of up to $1,000 or no less than $250 if this law passes as written.”

The money for bonuses will be taken out of the city’s reserve fund.

The ordinance now moves on to the full city council and is expected to be on the agenda for the November 19 meeting.