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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Ganim Sends Police Substation And Community Center Contract To City Council

April 29th, 2016 · 20 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Law Enforcement, Library

Mayor Joe Ganim has submitted a draft lease agreement to the City Council regarding a police substation and community center site located at Trumbull Gardens housing units, a flashpoint of the 2015 mayoral election following intense gun violence. The lease agreement will be referred to the Contracts Committee at Monday night’s council meeting. The Ganim administration has […]

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Crunch Time For Budget Committee, ‘Over Tasked And Understaffed’

April 28th, 2016 · 18 Comments · City Budget

The nights and weekends are long for the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee reviewing Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million spending plan in a compressed cycle. It takes endurance. Seven weary members of the committee will vote on various aspects of the budget within the next nine days before it goes to the full […]

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As Cranky Budget Looms, Malloy To Address Business Community

April 26th, 2016 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Governor Dan Malloy Wednesday afternoon will address the city’s business community for an update on the latest session of the General Assembly at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This has been another difficult budget cycle for Malloy who’s sparring with Democratic legislative leaders on how to close a roughly $900 million projected deficit for the budget […]

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Ganim: My Budget Is Honest, Tax Cut For 60 Percent Of Homeowners

April 25th, 2016 · 38 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Asserting “that 60% of Bridgeport residential homeowners will actually see an overall tax cut, not an increase as claimed by some,” Mayor Joe Ganim outlines in a commentary his efforts to close a $20 million deficit left by his predecessor Bill Finch while building the first budget of JG2. His commentary follows that was also […]

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Fiscal Watchdog Questions East Side Development

April 25th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has been working overtime examining the proposed city budget and asking lots of questions at City Council public hearings. Monday night the Budget and Appropriations Committee considered a “Resolution Authorizing Capital Improvements and Allocation of Bond Proceeds for the Crescent Crossing Phase 1B” housing project on the East Side. […]

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Finally, The City Council Has Its Own Bean Counter

April 24th, 2016 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Operating in financial darkness for decades, the Bridgeport City Council has finally hired its own budget analyst to help navigate a $560 million proposed budget, instead of relying on bean counters from the executive branch of government. Wow, a novel approach to checks and balances in government.

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Crickets … Two Speakers For City Council Public Hearing On $560 Million Budget

April 22nd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Well, two speakers are better than none, right? At 6:07 p.m. on Thursday Scott Burns, co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, called the meeting to order for the public to speak on Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million budget. Michael Bottillo, a postal worker from the West Side, stepped up to the microphone. “The […]

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What About The Library Budget?

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments · City Budget, Library

There hasn’t been a lot of public noise made about the proposed cut to the library budget, a point made by citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee in this commentary. Were you there a few years ago when “we” summoned the voting power in the City to end the multi-year failure to increase the Library […]

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