Manchester aldermen eye budgets, tax cap override
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. Also putting forward a budget will be Keith Hirschmann, Ward 12, and Joe Kelly Levasseur, alderman at-large. Their budget is designed to stay under the tax cap.
Conversely, the mayor’s proposed budget designates about $2.8 million of the increase to the school district and $1.2 million for the city.
“There were, of course, the cuts of unfilled positions and line-item cuts, but overall it was the mandate of public safety and streets that our budget keeps ... in the foreground, and the pledge to the taxpayers,” Hirschmann said.
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.
Gatsas has veto power over any of the budget proposals; a 10-vote majority is required to override a veto.
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