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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Your Chance To Review Proposed City Budget Prior To Public Hearing

April 14th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

It’s a big document that’s now available for public review. The first public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, 6 p.m. in City Council chambers, Mayor Joe Ganim’s $542 million spending plan for the budget year starting July 1 can be absorbed here. Grab a cup of joe, it’s 365 pages, or cherry pick the departments of interest. […]

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Legislative Session: Messy

April 9th, 2017 · 11 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

The CT Mirror’s Paul Stern reports “increasingly frayed nerves in all quarters as the stakes on legislative issues come into sharper focus.” What happens in Hartford directly impacts Bridgeport’s municipal budget now under review for the budget year starting July 1. Mayor Joe Ganim wants to hold the line on taxes with an eye toward […]

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First Public Hearing On City Budget Set

April 5th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The first public hearing conducted by the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee to speak about Mayor Joe Ganim’s $542 million spending plan will take place April 18, 6 p.m. in council chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace.

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Ganim Presents Budget To City Council With No Tax Increase, “Predicated On State” Resources

April 4th, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement

Mayor Joe Ganim Monday night led a prayer prior to the start of the City Council meeting hoping perhaps for a little manna from heaven as his proposed budget that holds the line on taxes survives anticipated revenues from the state “running a parallel path” during its budget deliberations.

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Lee, Flatto Disagree On Print Shop Numbers

April 3rd, 2017 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education

City fiscal observer John Marshall Lee has engaged in a give and take with Finance Director Ken Flatto over expenditures in the municipal print shop. Lee addressed this subject in comments to the City Council Monday night. Women and men of the City Council, let’s revisit the operation of the City Print Shop and its […]

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No Tax Increase In Ganim Budget

April 1st, 2017 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim says the spending plan he submits to the City Council on Tuesday for the budget year starting July 1 will be less than the current year $552 million budget and include no tax increase.

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Settlement Of Lonnie Blackwell’s Discrimination Lawsuit On City Council Agenda, Ganim To Submit Budget

March 30th, 2017 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting includes a “Communication from City Attorney re: Proposed Settlement of Pending Litigation with Lonnie Blackwell, referred to Miscellaneous Matters Committee.” The issue stems from a federal discrimination lawsuit filed more than three years ago in which Blackwell, former head of the Guardians minority police organization, claims he […]

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Pension Bill Advances, But Questions Remain As Ganim Prepares City Budget

March 27th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

A week from submitting his budget proposal to the City Council, Mayor Joe Ganim is banking on legislative approval to allow municipalities to bond unfunded pension liability that would save millions in debt service payments. The bill cleared the state legislature’s Planning and Development Committee on Friday, but questions linger as it awaits a full vote […]

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