With budget in hand but still secret, City Council is sending hints about the spending plan the public will see in a day or so.....Actually it should be no surprise to lawmakers as they should or did already set budget parameters.
The tax cap would limit a levy increase to a little over one percent or about $95K.. However Council will have before it a local law to exceed the cap.
That's because the proposed increase is surely above that but will be reduced by moving some numbers to keep it under the cap.
The cap can only be exceeded by passage of a local law which would require a public hearing. I don't see the appetite for exceeding it given there are no extraordinary expenditures and there is the infusion of additional sales tax revenue from the quarter point hike that went into effect December 1. In fact much of the extra revenue falls in the current fiscal year thus enhancing fund balance.
The City Budget always gets news coverage, although as we saw with recent criticism of a neighboring town's budget, there is little public understanding of any of this.