A few aldermen have resisted the idea of borrowing money to pay for such day-to-day expenses, saying it's bad fiscal policy. But Mayor
The idea has been debated on and off for several months, but it appears headed to a vote on Monday. The common council's administration, finance and law committee is scheduled to take up the proposal at
Several city and political leaders said privately this week that they anticipate the measure will pass on a split vote. By charter, at least 10 of the city's 15 aldermen must vote "yes" for it to pass.
School officials and the O'Brien administration were working this week to settle on how much money would be involved. The idea is to sell bonds, but as of Wednesday it was not clear precisely how much would be raised or exactly where it would be spent. Educators during the year have mentioned figures ranging from
Educators say outdated and damaged textbooks are just one sign of the damage from years of no-increase budgets. O'Brien pledged to increase school funding when he became mayor in 2011, and has concluded that one-time bonding will help the system catch up with long-postponed purchases and repairs, but without building in new expenses to the annual budget.
At Monday's meeting, some council members are expected to raise the same objections that came up in the school board's discussion
School board member
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