Mayor Joe Ganim Monday night led a prayer prior to the start of the City Council meeting hoping perhaps for a little manna from heaven as his proposed budget that holds the line on taxes survives anticipated revenues from the state “running a parallel path” during its budget deliberations.
Ganim submitted a $542 million spending plan–$10 million less than the current–for the budget year starting July 1 “predicated” on Governor Dan Malloy’s budget working its way through the state legislature.
Ganim provided the Council a few tidbits in his proposal that includes funding for a police class of about 30 sworn officers to help replenish ranks that have experienced dozens of retirements and losses to area police departments in recent years.
Ganim reminded the council to move cautiously in the budget process as the city monitors the state budget details. The city budget was build by Director of Policy and Management Nestor Nkwo and Finance Director Ken Flatto, both of whom attended the council meeting.
The mayor’s proposal was referred to the Budget and Appropriations Committee for review and action including the assemblage of public hearings. It will then go to the full council for a vote and then back to the mayor for possible veto action.