Manchester mayor, aldermen expected to consider no fewer than three proposed budgets
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is expected to consider no fewer than three proposed budgets at its meeting Tuesday, the last scheduled session before the June 10 budget deadline.
Earlier this year, Mayor Ted Gatsas proposed a combined city and school budget of $297 million that contained a shortfall of $6 million in unfunded health care and severance costs.
Craig said the budget would propose an override of the tax cap, which restricts the increase in the budget to 2.13 percent above last year.
Craig said she couldn't specify the extent of the override. "We're still crunching numbers and meeting with aldermen at this point," she said.
Another budget proposal is expected to come from Ward 4 Alderman Jim Roy. Roy did not return calls for comment on Thursday.
The budget would increase the money sought for the schools by $1.3 million and the city by $2.7 million, equal to the roughly $4 million increase allowable under the tax cap.
Hirschmann said there would be no layoffs in the budget he developed with Levasseur, but personnel vacancies would be frozen in place, while the firefighter complement would be maintained at 46.
The budget presentations will set the stage for what likely will be a series of close votes. Overriding the tax cap requires a two-thirds majority of the 14-member board, or 10 votes.
Still, Gatsas has veto power over any of the budget proposals, and a 10-vote majority is required to override a veto.
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