The City Council Monday night is poised to vote on Mayor Joe Ganim’s $628 million spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 as the budget committee expects to wrap up its work this weekend for a referral to the full body.
Ganim’s plan does not raise taxes, nor will council members mess with that in an election year for the two branches of municipal government. Could a slight cut occur?
That depends on several factors including the confidence of the mayor, financial bean counters and members of the city’s state legislation delegation to secure anticipated funds from the state.
The state budget cycle does not conclude for a few more weeks. Municipal budget projections, relying on state support, are always a leap of faith.
The city’s tax rate stands at 43.45 mils, similar to what Ganim inherited when he returned to the mayoralty in 2015. One mil represents approximately $6 million in the budget.
Likely, the tax rate remains the same but if a cut occurs perhaps one half of a mil.
Once the full council votes on the budget there’s a two-week veto window for the mayor to respond.
All of this comes painting the canvass of a mayoral election, Ganim facing so far three opponents: his former staffer John Gomes, State Senator Marilyn Moore and ex Finch administration official Lamond Daniels.
Gomes by far has been the most visible on the campaign trail followed by Daniels. Moore won’t be completely freed up to campaign until the legislative session ends early June.
In July comes the party convention with Ganim the prohibitive favorite–barring something major–for the endorsement. Then it’s a signature process to qualify for a September Democratic primary and/or petitioning for a general election encounter.
And so it goes in the Park City.