About four weeks from presenting a spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, Mayor Joe Ganim will submit a “Proposed Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023,” according to the agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting. See agenda here. It will be referred to the Budget & Appropriations Committee.
Capital plans finance public improvements, equipment purchases and construction projects, the goodies that gain attention in election years.
City bean counters are piecing a budget for submission to the council. Ganim, a candidate for governor, cannot raise taxes. It he does it will undercut any chance to be a viable statewide candidate. Easier said than done given the state’s precarious budget situation and the flow of state dollars the city relies on.
The council will also vote on the bargaining unit contracts of AFSCME, Local 1303-468 and LIUNA, Local 1224.