From Brian Lockhart, CT Post
An effort to amend Mayor Joe Ganim’s budget to provide an extra $500,000 to the schools and fund aides for the City Council failed to pass that legislative body Monday night.
A super majority of members–14 out of 20–was needed to support the effort to alter the mayor’s 2022-23 fiscal plan, which became Bridgeport’s de facto budget last Tuesday after the council missed that day’s deadline to vote on their budget committee’s recommended proposal.
Whether the situation will be revisited and the amendments revived and enacted before the new fiscal year begins July 1 was uncertain.
Ganim, who presides over council meetings, quickly issued a statement afterward reiterating his commitment to “ensure that funding gets to the Board of Education.”
But only 13 members on Monday night backed the amendments to Ganim’s budget–key among them the added education dollars and around $300,000 to hire a legislative staff–with five voting “no” and two absent.
Full story here.