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Danbury City Councilman critical of budget for next fiscal year

The Danbury City Council approved a budget this week for the coming fiscal year.  While he called it a balanced budget with only incremental tax and spending increases, Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi voted against it.  He said budgeting is not done year by year, but something that must be looked at with long term goals in mind.  Saadi raised concerns over the years with new positions, department restructuring, new offices and certain policies.  He also questioned mid-year raises and some savings that were stated would occur over time.  He did express appreciation to his fellow Council members, who are all volunteers, for the many hours put into reviewing the budget plan.