It’s a big document that’s now available for public review. The first public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, 6 p.m. in City Council chambers, Mayor Joe Ganim’s $542 million spending plan for the budget year starting July 1 can be absorbed here. Grab a cup of joe, it’s 365 pages, or cherry pick the departments of interest. The proposed budget can also be found on the home page of the city’s website by clicking Find City Budgets under the header How Do I?
Tuesday’s public hearing will be conducted by the council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee that is reviewing the budget and interviewing department heads. Ganim’s proposal has no tax increase, but is predicated on what happens with the state budget under review by the legislature. So some tweaks will be made, perhaps small, or big, depending on the state budget that is a work in progress.
Most of the budget work will be done in committee, then goes to a full vote of the City Council, and back to the mayor for possible veto action with the setting of the mil rate in June. The current mil rate for residential and commercial is 54.
If you wanna scream about the budget do it now. Yelling after you receive your tax bill won’t matter.
Ganim noted in his cover letter to the City Council “We are projecting a tax DECREASE for all our residents who own a motor vehicle. The automobile taxes will drop by almost 14% per vehicle. This is a 5 mil decrease from 37 down to 32 mills.”
Ganim is referring to a state program that brings motor vehicle rates for high-tax communities in line with the average combined mil rates of Connecticut’s cities and towns. The state reimburses the city the revenue difference for a drop in the motor vehicle mil rate.
The City Council will meet in regular session Monday night. See agenda here.