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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Playing Chicken Over Budget Numbers

June 26th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget

Many skeptical union members challenging the city’s numbers don’t want to cough up more concessions to balance the city budget. Mayor Joe Ganim is threatening more layoffs soon if they don’t step up. Who’s right, who’s wrong? Maybe it’s somewhere in the middle.

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Ganim: More Layoffs Without Union Concessions

June 23rd, 2016 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

With a new budget year starting July 1, Mayor Joe Ganim is threatening to wield a layoff hammer if city unions don’t cough up concessions he says the city needs to close a budget deficit.

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City Council Approves Funding For Summer Youth Program, New Metered Parking

June 21st, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The City Council Monday night unanimously approved a $250,000 budget transfer from the Police Department salary line, as a result of a delay in hiring new recruits, into Parks and Recreation account to establish a Summer Youth Initiative proposed by Mayor Joe Ganim. The council also approved a professional services agreement with LAZ Parking to modernize the […]

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Rubber Boots Made For Walking And Talking

June 21st, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

With rubber boots placed on the lectern, city fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Monday night barked out a number of observations to the City Council. From Lee: Greetings to you on the longest day of this year! You may get to see a “rose” or “strawberry moon” this evening, an unusual event that happens every […]

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Summer Youth, Second Chance Program, New Parking Meters On Council Agenda

June 17th, 2016 · 11 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The City Council at Monday night’s meeting is scheduled to vote on a $250,000 budget transfer for a 2016 Summer Youth Initiative that had been denied by the Budget and Appropriations Committee. Also on the agenda is a Contracts Committee report for a professional services agreement with LAZ Parking to modernize the city’s parking meter system […]

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Ganim, City Council Members Spar Over “Tax Relief” Dollars

June 15th, 2016 · 22 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Mayor Joe Ganim’s last-minute effort to give youths more to do this summer is embroiled in a battle over spending $2.1 million the City Council intended for tax relief.

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Should The Airport Be Sold?

June 12th, 2016 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Sikorsky Memorial Airport is owned by the city but located in the Lordship section of Stratford where neighborhood residents aren’t exactly flying high about a modern aviation hub. Expansion opposition from Stratford, runway issues and decades of inaction all contribute to the airport’s financial drain on the city. About 25 years ago then-Governor Lowell Weicker […]

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City Council Approves Sale Of Golf Course Property To Sacred Heart, Sludge Deal With Trumbull

June 7th, 2016 · 35 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The City Council by a 15-3 vote Monday night approved the sale of eight acres of Fairchild Wheeler golf course property to Sacred Heart University for $4 million that will allow the university a larger footprint to build on campus proper without developing the park land beyond basic maintenance. SHU needs the extra land to […]

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