Mayor Joe Ganim took to Facebook live on Monday to share some details of his municipal spending plan that holds the lines on taxes in an election year.
The mayor cited a new program for education, a $500,000 college scholarship fund for high school students, money to hire 80 police officers in an understaffed department, a $10 million road paving effort that will commence later this month and the return to bulk trash pickup dormant for decades.
Ganim did not specify the increased city-side contribution to education for the budget year that begins July 1. Ganim has generally proposed an extra $2 million each budget which education advocates argue falls well short to sustain the growing expense of running city schools.
Ganim’s proposed budget is headed to the City Council where the budget committee will conduct its review and subsequent alterations and possibly add additional dollars for education that could require cuts elsewhere to balance the spending plan.
The mayor’s budget document will likely be posted on the city’s web page later this week. The annual municipal budget now eclipses more than $600 million.