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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

McCarthy Bids Goodbye To City Council A Second Time

June 19th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

He thought he had bid farewell to the City Council last year, but just when he thought he was out former council President Tom McCarthy was pulled back in courtesy of court intervention involving a Democratic primary in the 133rd District that looks like it will finally be resolved in the upcoming general election.

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Board And Commission Appointments On City Council Agenda

June 17th, 2018 · 12 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Appointments to boards and commissions, including police, fire, ethics, zoning, Water Pollution Control Authority and Port Authority, dominate the City Council agenda for Monday night. See agenda here. See addendum for appointment referrals here.

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If Only They Could Print Money

June 6th, 2018 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council

In his Monday address to the City Council, citizen budget scrutineer John Marshall Lee highlighted taxpayer savings, including the city print shop, declaring “Perhaps we should outsource this City function and see if there is a savings of at least $150,000 to $200,000 ANNUALLY?”

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Harborview Market Honored, Anti-Corruption Resolution On Council Agenda

June 2nd, 2018 · 33 Comments · City Council, News and Events

The popular Harborview Market in Black Rock owned by Rick and Michele Torres is a tasty destination for food, political banter and neighborhood events. Monday night they will be honored at the City Council meeting in celebration of the market’s 25th anniversary. Torres, a three-time mayoral candidate and former city councilor, was involved in a […]

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Education Reform Group Hosts Council Members At Forum

June 1st, 2018 · No Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

City Council members Karen Jackson, Kyle Langan and Maria Valle on Thursday participated in a forum hosted by the education reform group FaithActs for Education where they answered questions about the city budget and education funding. Video from event above. News release from organization follows.

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Debating A Municipal Review Board

May 22nd, 2018 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee addressed the City Council Monday night raising questions about the benefits of a state authorized financial review board for the city. Last week your Budget and Appropriations Committee listened to Ben Barnes from the State share information about the Municipal Accountability Review Board (MARB) program available to eligible cities […]

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Mil Rate On Council Agenda

May 20th, 2018 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

The City Council Monday night is scheduled to establish the mil rates for the budget year starting July 1 after approving a spending plan that calls for no tax increase. The item is listed for immediate consideration on the Monday night agenda. See here. The tax rate for real estate and personal property is 54.37. […]

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Ganim Signs Budget, No Tax Increase

May 15th, 2018 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Library, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday signed the City Council-approved $557.4 million spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 with no tax increase. Ganim signed the budget surrounded by city officials. See video above.

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