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Mayor Gatsas will present Manchester budget proposals next week

MANCHESTER - Mayor Ted Gatsas is set to present his budgets for the next fiscal year at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Tuesday.

Gatsas will lay out his proposed spending plans for the city and schools a month earlier than he did last year.

In a statement, Gatsas said: "I feel that it's of the greatest importance that we begin this budget deliberation sooner rather than later. It is my hope that we can finalize this budget well before late June. To help meet this goal it's imperative to deliver my presentation to the Aldermen well before the guidelines set forth in the City Charter."

The tax cap will limit any budget increases over last year to 2.17 percent, the average rise in the Consumer Price Index.

Last year, the mayor proposed budgets of $133 million for city services and $150 million for the Manchester School District.

Superintendent Thomas Brennan has proposed a tax cap budget of $155 million for the schools, and a "school approval" budget of $160 million, which aims to ensure that the district meets minimum state standards.

The school board is expected to propose its own budget, however, the aldermen have ultimate authority over establishing the budgets, and they have traditionally deferred to the mayor on the matter.

The budget presentation will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the aldermen's meeting, following a public comment period.

The mayor declined to release or discuss the budgets prior to next week.


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