When was the last time a Bridgeport mayor vetoed the city budget waiting on the state to get its act together? That’s what Mayor Joe Ganim has done to buy time as the state legislature works its way toward a state budget negotiating an ocean of red ink. The budget year starts July 1.
CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more on this:
The no-tax-increase budget Ganim forwarded to the City Council in early April counted on $18 million from the state, based on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s draft budget. But the state’s deficit has since grown, so the municipal budget the Bridgeport council adopted May 8 reduced that to around $14 million.
“This veto will extend the budgeting process timeline … to collect as much information as possible about the state’s budget,” Ganim said Thursday.
The mayor said his veto should not be taken as an indication he disagreed with the changes the all-Democratic council made to his budget. Chief among them, council members shifted $1 million out of the police department’s overtime account to the Board of Education.
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