Mayor Joe Ganim has submitted to the City Council his proposed spending plan for the budget year starting July 1. The mayor’s office released this statement about the budget that holds the line on taxes. See video from Ganim.
Last evening Mayor Ganim met with City Council members to announce his proposed FY2022-2023 budget. The FY2022-2023 budget is proposed at $605,136,209, a change of only 1.2 % from the previous year’s budget.
Mayor Ganim stated, “I am very pleased to submit the proposed FY2022-2023 budget to the City Council for action. This is a comprehensive balanced budget that delivers all government services that our citizens need for this next fiscal year and will have a positive tangible impact on our resident’s quality of life.”
This proposed budget funds all essential city services, while holding the line on taxes. Keeping the mil rate steady is important for our taxpayers: however, I am also aware that some of the most vulnerable in our community–particularly seniors–face significant financial challenges due to high inflation and high costs of living. To address this issue, my budget proposes targeted tax relief through expansion of the senior tax relief program. My administration has already started a dialogue with some Council members on what this tax relief might look like and will look to submit a proposed ordinance change to the City Council by the next Council meeting.
“I am determined to continue to fight for our residents and not raise Bridgeport taxes over the next year. This proposed budget provides not only stability, but also a tax break for our seniors. I look forward to working with City Council members to achieve a budget that benefits everyone in Bridgeport.”
Mayor Ganim is proud that this budget also proposes to increase the Board of Education budget with an additional $2 million.
Commitment to Education, City Infrastructure and Quality of Life
— Next year’s budget plan includes a City local funding increase of $2 million to the BOE.
— The Bridgeport Police and Fire Departments are hiring new recruits and sending qualified candidates through state training classes. This effort will continue in FY2023 as new classes are included within budgeted total positions for these departments.
— The FY2023 Budget and the City’s Capital Plan includes funding for expanded street clean ups, parks improvements, and street paving.
— The Budget also includes the upgrade of technology cybersecurity and communications systems to enhance online access and services for Bridgeport residents.
The mayor’s proposal is now in the hands of the council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee that will spend the next four weeks reviewing the document, hearing pleas from department heads and conducting public hearings.
See schedule below:
Tuesday, May 3 6:00 pm General Budget Discussion Legislative Department Zoom/Teleconference
Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm General Budget Discussion – Possible Committee Vote (In-Person) Conference Rooms A, B & C
Monday, May 9 (Special Meeting) 6:00 p.m. Vote on General Fund Budget (Possible Full City Council Vote) (In-person) City Council Chambers Tuesday,
May 10 (Special Meeting) 6:00 pm Vote on General Fund Budget (Tentative – if necessary) (In-person) City Council Chambers Schedule is subject to adjustments as needed by Committee Co-Chairs:
04/05/2022 Locations: City Council Chambers: City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace 1st fl., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Conference Rooms A, B & C: Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street.