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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Cops Feel Overtime Pinch Among Top 100 City Employee Wage Earners

April 16th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

City educators and police officers (with several of them now retired) once again led the list of the top 100 wage earners for 2013, but with a number of cops receiving sizable haircuts from 2012 courtesy of Assistant Chief James Nardozzi reducing overtime costs. Mayor Bill Finch placed 37th on the list with gross earnings […]

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Should City Council Stipends Be Spent On Charities?

April 14th, 2014 · 25 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Each of the 20 members of the City Council can access a $9,000 annual stipend presumably to be used in accordance with their duties as members of the budget-making and legislative body. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, although a proponent of charitable organizations, writes city councilors are misusing taxpayer money on behalf of needy […]

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Watchdog To City Council: Taxpayers Are Underdogs, Stop The Waste

April 8th, 2014 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council

Citizen budget watchdog John Marshall Lee in his address to the City Council Monday night urged councilors to cut, cut, cut waste, starting with their stipends. His comments follow: Tonight is a special night. The UCONN Huskies an underdog at many points this season has fought its way to the NCAA finals. I will be […]

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If You Were A City Council Member, What Would You Slash From Mayor’s Budget?

April 8th, 2014 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

You are in charge. You have the power. You can fillet the mayor’s proposed spending plan. We had a little give and take in a prior post about the veracity of the City Council (past and present) cutting Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed $522,966,587 budget. What would you cut to hold the line on taxes? You […]

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City Council To Receive Budget, Interim School Chief ‘Shocked’ By Mayor’s School Funding

April 7th, 2014 · 26 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed $522,966,587 budget will be officially submitted to the City Council tonight (Monday). The spending plan that calls for a hike of just under one mil representing a roughly $120 tax increase on the average city homeowner will be referred to the Budget and Appropriations Committee co-chaired by Sue Brannelly and Mike Marella.

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Mayor’s Budget Proposal Calls For Modest Increase

April 3rd, 2014 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

UPDATE: includes proposed budget here. Mayor Bill Finch has submitted a $522,966,587 spending plan to the City Council that calls for a modest hike of just under one mil representing a roughly $120 tax increase on the average city homeowner if approved by the city’s budget-making body. The council will officially receive the budget at […]

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City Maintains Credit Rating

April 1st, 2014 · 11 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch announced on Tuesday the New York credit rating agency Standard & Poors has confirmed a stable outlook for city finances maintaining an ‘A’ credit rating for the state’s most populous city. See summary report here.

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