The full City Council Monday night approved the adjustments the Budget & Appropriations Committee made to Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan for the budget year starting July 1. Click the link to changes: FY2020 BAC COMMITTEE BUDGET ADOPTED.
Those alterations include adding $1.3 million to city schools and roughly halves the modest tax cut in Ganim’s proposed budget that had called for about $150 savings to the average household in an election year.
The council’s changes return to the mayor who has two weeks to approve or veto the amendments. Ganim enjoys line item veto power that would require a two thirds council vote for an override.
So Ganim has a decision to make in an election year, find a way to cut taxes more or not mess with the changes, balancing the calls for more education dough against pleas for tax relief, albeit small.
Council members Christina Smith, Pete Spain and Kyle Langan were among the council members urging more money for the cash-strapped school system. Several amendments were proposed and rejected to add money beyond what was transferred by the budget committee.
See video above of council meeting courtesy of Spain.