by Karen E. Culp
For the past year or so, Mary Malter has been thinking about jail.
The Greene County budget officer has been focusing a great deal of her energy on a $28 million city-county jail expansion funded by a law enforcement tax approved by voters in 1997.
In just a few weeks, however, Malter will leave that project behind when she becomes the city of Springfield's full-time budget administrator.
Malter has been with Greene County for nine years, first as a financial analyst, then, beginning in 1994, as budget officer. She will leave at the end of June and begin her work at the city July 6.
"The biggest change will be in the numbers themselves. The size of budget I'm dealing with will nearly double," Malter said.
The county's budget for its last fiscal year was $70 million[[In-content Ad]]
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