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Ganim's $560M Budget For Bridgeport Garners Mixed Reviews

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim presents 2016-2017 city budget to the Bridgeport City Council on April 4, 2016
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim presents 2016-2017 city budget to the Bridgeport City Council on April 4, 2016 Video Credit: Joe Ganim Press
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim presented a $560 million city spending plan this week that includes around $20 million in additional spending.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim presented a $560 million city spending plan this week that includes around $20 million in additional spending. Photo Credit: Joe Ganim.com

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim presented a $560 million city budget for next year that is balanced on frozen wages and union concessions, but several city officials are questioning whether a tax increase can be avoided, according to the CT Post.

Ganim said the city is still paying for mistakes of the previous administration, and his spending plan for next year corrects some of those problems, the Post said. While it includes about $20 million in new spending -- including adding 100 police officers next year -- Ganim said he hopes cost savings in other areas will offset the increase, CT Post reports.

But City Council members, who got their first look at the budget proposal this week, said they don't see how a tax increase can be avoided,the Post said. Ganim said he's offering early retirement packages and furlough days to employees, among other things, to cut costs, CT Post says.

Click here to read the CT Post story .

Watch the video above to view Mayor Joe Ganim's budget presentation.

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