Bridgeport city council may get $40,000 ‘travel services’ fund

BRIDGEPORT — The all-Democrat Metropolis Council is taking into consideration a boost to the members’ annual $9,000 stipends with out instantly expanding that amount of money.

The municipal spending plan Mayor Joe Ganim submitted to the legislative entire body earlier this month is made up of, on best of the common $180,000 for members’ stipends to include all of their expenses, a new proposed pot of money — $40,000 for “travel services.”

“People never like to speak about rising the stipend,” acknowledged Council President Aidee Nieves. “It was just an much easier way of not obtaining to have the battle of expanding our stipends.”