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Residency Requirement Proposal in Springfield Struck Down by City Council

SPRINGFIELDSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield City Councilors voted 12 to 1 Wednesday evening against passing the residency requirement that was being proposed.

According to Councilor Timothy Rooke, Councilor James Ferrera was the only councilor that voted in favor of it.

“If it had passed the intention of Ferrera was that if you lived outside the city you had six months to move in, they (the city) would only pay for six months but then they would stop if you hadn’t moved by then,” explains Rooke.

He says a total of 31 city employees would have been directly impacted by this residency requirement if it was approved.

“It failed though because the city solicitor and council said it would be an illegal move and cost the city triple in what would have been saved (if these people didn’t move in time),” adds Rooke.

The requirement would not have applied to teachers who are exempt by state statute nor police and fire personnel who are exempt because of contractual language.



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