Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hold that adjustment!

Governor Patrick has announced today that he is asking the Legislature for a cut of $9 million from unrestricted local aid to cities and towns due to tax revenue being lower than expected.

One suspects that 28% of the cuts statewide will not be taken from the City of Worcester.

Why then is the Worcester City Council receiving a recommendation that they prepare for a cut of $2.5 million as part of tonight's proposed adjustments?

It would be sensible, in light of this announcement, as well as the reiteration last night that the City is not meeting its legal obligations to fund education, that this item be held for new recommendations from administration.*

*Recall that under the charter, the City Council may only accept or reject the City Manager's budgetary recommendations. They may not propose new ones.

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