Here we go, the 2017 municipal election is one day away with a library funding question that some are embracing and others are throwing a book at; as well as candidates for Board of Education, city sheriff and City Council.
The ballot question is located at the top above the candidates in both English and Spanish. “Shall a one thirty hundredths (1.30) mill tax be levied to operate a free public library and reading room?”
The question has become a major battleground advanced by library supporters after the 2015 revaluation altered the value of 1 mil that finances library operations following a voter-approved referendum in 2009. Library supporters argue the question merely seeks status quo funding level prior to the revaluation. City officials opposed to the question assert it’s a luxury taxpayers cannot afford in light of the recently passed state budget that cut roughly $13 million in funding city finance officials had anticipated when the local budget was approved by the City Council in the spring for the budget year that began July 1. If approved by voters, however, the library expenditure would start for the budget year beginning July 1, 2018.
Reminder to voters in the North End 133rd District. Electors in the district will go to the polls on Tuesday solely to vote in the Board of Education and city sheriff elections. District Democrats will vote once again in the City Council primary a week later and then all district electors in the general election Dec. 12. All four Democrats who competed in the September 12 primary will do so again Nov. 14: Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips versus party-endorsed Jeanette Herron and Michael DeFilippo. The top two finishers among the four on Nov. 14 will face Republicans Michele Minutolo and Neville De la Rosa Dec. 12.
Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis sided in favor of a proposed agreement by parties to schedule a new Democratic primary for City Council in the 133rd District on Nov. 14 with a general election for the district Dec. 12 after ruling an irregularity involving an absentee ballot required a new vote. Keeley challenged the primary results after a previously uncounted absentee ballot found its way into a recount giving incumbent Jeanette Herron a 1-vote lead.
To view district ballots click here and scroll to Bridgeport ballot icon.