In Election Year, Ganim Rolls Out Tax Relief Proposal For Seniors

Ah, the power of incumbency five weeks from a primary. Mayor Joe Ganim on Tuesday pitched a senior citizen tax relief plan to the City Council that, if approved, would begin for the July 1, 2020 budget year. Hmmm, can’t wait for the mail piece …

News release from the mayor:

Mayor Ganim announced that he is delivering on his promise to bring tax relief to Bridgeport seniors by restructuring and expanding the senior tax relief program. A prior year’s state budget threatened to eliminate funding for the senior tax program entirely. The Mayor is not only reaffirming his commitment to the senior tax relief program, but seeks to expand this tax benefit for homeowners over the age of 65.

The proposed plan sent to City Council for consideration builds on the current program by keeping the same rules for eligibility, but expands the benefits to middle income seniors and creates a progressive, tiered benefit that gives the most relief to those seniors with the lowest income.

Whereas the current senior tax program gives a flat $800 to eligible seniors with household incomes of up to $43,900, this new program would provide $1,200 for seniors with household incomes up to $20,000, $900 for seniors with incomes between $20,001 and $43,900, and $400 for seniors with household incomes between $43,901 and $58,000.

This proposal would amend 3.16.110 of the Bridgeport Municipal Code of Ordinances to be effective next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020. This gives the City Council time to consider the proposal and make it a part of the next fiscal year budget, as well as for the Tax Assessor’s Office to administer it.

“Our seniors have become more and more vulnerable as many are on a fixed income and the costs of living continue to rise. This proposal is a way of providing property tax relief that is targeted to those residents that need help the most,” stated Mayor Ganim.

Currently, over 1,100 residents take advantage of the senior tax relief program. It is estimated that as many as 700 new households may be able to take advantage of this tax relief under the new guidelines.

The item has been referred to a Joint Committee on Ordinance and Budget and Appropriations.

Marcus Brown, Co-Chair of the Ordinance Committee stated, “I look forward to vetting this proposal in the Joint Committee. We need to come up with creative ways to reduce property taxes for residents. I am happy to see that the Mayor’s proposal not only extends the tax rebate to middle income seniors, but increases the rebate for those with the lowest levels of income.”

Nessah Smith, member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, said, “I am supportive of any proposals that could help lessen the burden of property taxes in our city, especially our most vulnerable.”

PROPOSED ORDINANCE LANGUAGE

Real property tax relief and maximum – City of Bridgeport Program

Each resident qualifying under this article shall receive a tax credit on such resident’s real property tax bill for his or her principal residence in the city; provided, no such property tax relief, together with any relief received by such resident under the provisions of all applicable General Statutes of the state of Connecticut, shall exceed, in the aggregate, seventy-five (75) percent of the tax which would, except for such General Statutes, and this article, be laid against the taxpayer. The tax credit amount for any resident qualifying shall be in the following amount, based upon the resident’s level of annual household income as defined under state statute:

Household Income from $1 up to $20,000
— Tax Credit of $1,200

Household Income between $20,001 and $43,900
— Tax Credit of $900

Household Income between $43,901 and $58,000
— Tax Credit of $400

Eligibility
At the close of the calendar year next preceding the year in which the claim for tax relief is filed and approved such resident shall be sixty-five (65) years of age or over; or the spouse of such resident shall be sixty-five (65) years of age or over;

Estimated Fiscal Impact of proposed Expansion of Bridgeport local Senior Tax Relief Program
Current Program Household Participants:                                                            1109 Senior households

Household Income from $1 up to $20,000 — Tax Credit of $1,200
Estimated cost of increase from $800 to $1,200 — $177,440

Household Income between $20,001 and $43,900 — Tax Credit of $900
Estimated cost of increase from $800 to $900 — $66,540

Household Income between $43,901 and $58,000 — Tax Credit of $400
Estimated cost of increase from $800 to $900 — $280,000

TOTAL FISCAL BUDGET IMPACT FROM PROPOSED PROGRAM EXPANSION: $523,980

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23 comments

  1. What a coincidence? Both City Council members quoted are in Primary Battles. 🙂

    If I asked Nessah Smith to explain the current Senior Citizen Rebate Program and the qualifiers she would be dumbfounded. I have actually assisted senior citizens in Thomas Hooker apply and qualify for the program.

    1. Desperation is starting to set-in at the Governors camp!

      What they really mean!

      Marcus Brown, Co-Chair of the Ordinance Committee stated, “I look forward to vetting this proposal in the Joint Committee. We need to come up with creative ways to reduce property taxes, that Governor Ganim laid on our residents. I am happy to see that Governor Ganim Tax proposal not only extends the tax rebate to middle income seniors which is total BS, but really this Ganim Tax proposal has a snowball chance in hell of passing!
      This Prick will increase our Taxes again if we give him half a chance!!!

      Nessah Smith, member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, said, “I am supportive of any proposals that could help lessen the burden of Governor Ganim’s property Tax in our city, especially when Governor Ganim hit us with that 29% Tax increase while he was driving all over this State trying to be Governor and running the City from his Flucking Cell Phone for eight Months, that really hurt so many Elderly and our most vulnerable.”

  2. Take a good look at Joe Ganim hair, it looks he has a weave or a hairpiece, you tell me especially some the women on OIB, let me know if I’m wrong.

    1. Ron,

      I have been following Joe’s, “hair” for about a year now. I have ruled out the weave and hairpiece as they tend to look a little more natural. I am now thinking it is either tiger fur and elmers glue (not water proof obviously) AKA, “the 2.5 million dollar hair club for men” or possibly a new form of Chia for men…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVeVJaqcuRI

      All in all, it seems Joe is more concerned about growing his hair than his tax base in Bridgeport.

  3. I don’t think this is going to be an easy race for ganim to win at all. If you look at his facebook page for mayor you will se a lot of people saying they won’t vote for him and if you look at Moore page A lot saying they will vote for her. The power of incumbency works both ways it can be good and also bad!!! Moore wins this race she has momentum on her side!!!!

  4. Joe is showing his desperation now,first the “big announcement” of the health dept closing the deli,and now trying to get a headline by giving the seniors a tax break.Joe has no development plans to announce,no new job opportunities for residents to announce,the casino idea was shot down quickly,etc..Joe’s lack of doing anything for the city in the last 4 years,is coming back to bite him now,and it’s obvious.

  5. Someone is nervous 😬!!! Ya can’t be a backstabbing (Richardhead) for 3 years and kiss butt a month before the primary. The Seniors will gladly take your tax cut and still vote for Marilyn….
    BPT DESERVES MOORE!!!!!.

  6. Why did Ganim propose the largest tax increase in Bridgeport’s history in 2016 without any consideration for senior citizens? Why did Nessah Smith vote for it without any consideration for senior citizens?

    Hmmm…

  7. Last night I spoke to a former City Council member that described Joseph P. Ganim as a “fucking scumbag.” Sounds about right to me. He said Joe (and Paul) Ganim both live in Easton while the rest of us have to contend with the lack of leadership in City Hall. Little Joe Ganim, convicted felon, disgraced attorney, failed gubernatorial candidate. He’s going to need sll of Mario Testa’s skills to win the election.

  8. If that fucking scumbag spent even 10% of his day trying to fix the city’s problems he spends looking after the interests of his campaign’s financial backers (and thereby aggravating the socio-economic ills the people of the city of Bridgeport have been dealing with for decades). I’m sure Boca is a fine restaurant. How is that place going to improve the quality of life for everyone else?

  9. Notice of a Special Meeting of the City Council’s Joint Committees on Budget and Appropriations and Ordinance was announced this morning to be held on Monday evening, August 12, 2019 at *5:00 PM at City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace in Wheeler Rooms A &B. The agenda lists only one item: 126-18 Proposed Amendments to the Municipal Code……..Real Property Tax Relief for Senior Citizens….(amending) Maximum.

    If a resident taxpayer, eligible senior or otherwise, shows up with a question or comment, will the Chair leader for this Special Meeting allow them to speak during the meeting on the record? What if they are present to thank the City Council for the attention? What if folks are present to ask why this type of Special Meeting has not been convened during Ganim2’s annual budget processes to deal frankly and realistically with funding the education of our youth through the Board of Education budget? Time will tell.

  10. According to NBC News “President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday night that he could soon commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich who is in federal prison for corruption that included trying to sell the Senate seat once held by former President Barack Obama.”

    Maybe Little Joe Ganim should give Trump a call.

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