The smiling face of Marshan Coleman who owes more than $13,000 in back car taxes appears in a city promotional brochure mailed with city tax bills this week. Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster is crying foul, asserting, “It’s bad enough that Bridgeport residents are forced to hear that the city with the highest taxes in the United States is getting better every day but receiving yet another campaign pamphlet in the mail–this time included in our car tax bill–is outrageous.”
Coleman, a city contractor, has been featured in mailings, videos and digital ads promoting Bridgeport Getting Better Every Day. He does not dispute he owes back car taxes. If he’s going to resolve the tax issue he must do so with a private debt collector in charge of his case. The brochure with tax bills highlights city development initiatives such as Steelpointe Harbor, Bass Pro Shops and Eco-Technology Park.
News release from Foster:
Today Mary-Jane Foster, Democratic candidate for mayor of Bridgeport, issued a statement regarding Mayor Finch’s use of taxpayer dollars to promote his reelection.
It’s bad enough that Bridgeport residents are forced to hear that the city with the highest taxes in the United States is getting better every day but receiving yet another campaign pamphlet in the mail–this time included in our car tax bill–is outrageous.
If the mayor had spent as much time growing the tax base as he has amassing a ridiculous war chest, maybe our taxes wouldn’t go up every year and maybe our school budget would be fully funded. Instead, he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars–using out of state businesses–to create and distribute a message that is shamelessly self-promoting and untrue. It is way past time for him to finance his own re-election campaign. Enough of tapping our tax-strapped residents for his personal gain.
To add insult to injury, the pamphlet enclosed in our car tax bill features someone who does business in Bridgeport but has been delinquent on his 1999-2006 car taxes! Talk about tone deaf.
Bridgeport deserves better than a mayor who squanders taxpayer funds promoting himself and his non-taxpaying cronies.