As state officials scramble to close a large deficit by possibly cutting aid to cities, Bristol itself is eyeing a possible second straight budget shortfall.
City Comptroller Glenn Klocko said the city will likely report a deficit when it finishes its fiscal year report in a couple of weeks.
He said that Bristol will probably also have another deficit during the fiscal year that ends in June.
Klocko said neither figure is available yet.
Klocko said the city did the best it could dealing with the recession, but nobody expected it to go on so long or to reach so deep.
“You just couldn’t plan,” the comptroller said, especially with state lawmakers delaying until September the passage of this year’s budget.
Klocko said it is easy to say Bristol didn’t budget prudently, but if it had nailed the numbers better then property taxes would likely have risen as much as 2.25 mills over past two years.
“If we did a better job, taxes would have gone up,” Klocko said. “So basically we were delaying the inevitable.”
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