Despite Gassman's remarks, Councilman-elect Tom Determann still felt it would be fiscally irresponsible for the city to take on such a heavy 2015 budget while it is struggling with current debt.
"I think we're going to have a tough enough time to do the budget," Determann said.
The visitors on Tuesday were not the only ones concerned with the decision to approve the Capital Improvement Plan. Council members John Rowland and Julie Allesee also had reservations about the city's financial future.
"I think it sends a very mixed message to the public when we would approve tonight here the $10.3 million. I understand very well that it doesn't necessarily commit the council but in the packet it is very clear that it does put it into the budget so you're going to have to, through budget sessions, take it out," Rowland said.
The $10.3 million is part of an even larger, six-year plan for more than $67 million of capital improvement projects that was approved Tuesday.