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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Lighthouse Program Could Go Dark

May 10th, 2017 · 14 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events

From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post: Some 2,800 city children will be without a day camp program this summer unless a stalemate between the city and school board is resolved by Monday.

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City Council Unanimously Approves No-Tax-Increase Budget

May 9th, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

In a nearly empty chambers, the 20-member City Council Monday night unanimously approved a nearly $542 million budget that reflected the modest budget committee changes to Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan that calls for no tax increase for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Council Committee Approves Budget, No Tax Increase

May 6th, 2017 · 23 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee on Saturday essentially approved Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $542 million spending plan with some alterations including $3 million more for schools and cutting police overtime account by $1 million. Ganim has come under fierce criticism by education advocates for short changing the school budget.

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City Awaits, Holding Breath, As State’s Budget Calamity Plays Out

May 5th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Caution and concern fills the local budget process that relies heavily on funds from the state budget that’s one gigantic mess. What happens in Hartford influences the flow of dollars to Bridgeport’s municipal budget as the City Council prepares to vote on a spending plan next week proposed by Mayor Joe Ganim that calls for […]

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Sincerely, John Marshall Lee

May 2nd, 2017 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

As the City Council closes in on a budget vote, citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee shared some thoughts Monday night with the budget and legislative body. Council members, greetings. I mean that sincerely because you have at least one historic decision facing you shortly … that is the approval of an Operating Budget for […]

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Packed Education Crowd Provides Earful For City Council

April 26th, 2017 · 23 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post: Supporters of the school district’s $255.9 million budget proposal aimed to fill the City Council Chambers to capacity during a public hearing held Tuesday.

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City Council Members Encouraged To Dig For Dollars

April 26th, 2017 · No Comments · City Budget, Education, Library, News and Events

Citizen budget scrutineer John Marshall Lee was among the speakers at the public hearing for the proposed school board and library budgets. From Lee: Budget and Appropriation members and other Council members in attendance I speak to you to ask for full support of the Board of Education and Library budget presentations. As you heard […]

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Ouch! Declining Income Tax Revenue Could Expand State Deficit

April 24th, 2017 · 3 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

More messy financial news from Hartford as cities and towns await final state assistance to plug into their local budgets–lower than anticipated state income tax receipts. The state legislature continues to battle with its budget while local municipal officials hold their collective breath.

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