Manchester aldermen talk of overriding city tax cap
At Tuesday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, several aldermen came closer than they ever have to openly advocating for an override, while pressing Mayor Ted Gatsas to take a position on the question.
Gatsas did not respond directly to the question. “There are things people will not do in public life that they will do in the private sector,” he said. “The private sector would work on ways to find solutions, not say here’s the money.”
“In my humble judgment, I think (an override) has a significant role to play in any solution here,” he said. “I had hoped some of the revenue options put on the table ... would have been more favorably received.”
Health care makes up $3.7 million of the budget’s unfunded costs. The concern is compounded by projections that health care costs in the current fiscal year will go over budget by $1.7 million.
In Gile’s view, the projected health care costs for the current budget of around $8 million were too optimistic. Instead, they’ll likely top $11 million this year. The estimate for next year’s health costs, nearly $14 million, is more realistic, Gile said. Unlike last year, it is based on WBS’ calculations, she said.
“It was an election year; $3 million would have busted the cap. It was a smooth move. I don’t want to blame anybody. It’s too late to deal with it now,” he said.
“We should start with department heads: 13 step increases — gone. Then start negotiating on the contracts. Cadillac health plans for everybody — we can’t afford that,” he said.
“All these ghost employees is how we’re balancing our books, it’s bogus,” he said.
Under the city charter, the budget must be finalized by the second Tuesday in June, which this year is the 10th.
READER COMMENTS: 3
- City Matters: Market Basket workers' outlook challenges the skeptics among us - 8
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: 'Taps' is soundtrack of summer ceremony - 0
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Manchester's bike culture shifts into high gear - 0
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Central buddies play on - 1
- DIY addition draws city's, neighbors' ire - 6
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Negroni family lays claim to namesake cocktail - 0
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: West Side neighborhood loses trees and backyard privacy for the summer - 1
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Southside Middle School, where nary a gripe will be heard - 5
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Police mum on reported shooting in Manchester - 0
- Manchester men charged with drive-by shooting in Nashua - 0
- Multiple reports say deal reached for Arthur T. to buy Market Basket - 0
- Fisher Cats get behind early, fall to Senators - 0
- Sox downed on pinch-hit homer - 0
- Sister of accused Boston marathon bombers arrested after bomb threat - 0
- Authorities mum about reports of shooting in Manchester - 0
- Bruins agree to long-term agreement with Providence - 0
- Stewart probe goes on - 0
Reports: Market Basket doomsday plan would shutter 61 of 71 stores if deal not struck soon
GOP for legal pot? Hemignway's high help
Ohio's Rob Portman: GOP can win back Senate