Most of the public comments submitted to the Danbury City Council about the budget were about the education spending. During a virtual public hearing last night, some 39 comments were read into the record. 38 of them were about the school budget. Other comments were submitted, but didn't include names or addresses as required. Those comments will be kept on file, but were not read into the record.
Mayor Joe Cavo says one piece of the spending plan that's important is about money for non-profits. Last year was the only year the City didn't fund grant agencies, but with a non-profit taking over care of the homeless, the United Way will be able to pass along funding again. Pacific House is in negotiations to buy the Super 8 motel where the homeless has been housed since the start of the pandemic.
Cavo says he and others worked hard to get the non-profit allocation back in the budget to support various agencies and the work they do, especially during the public health emergency.