I guess the good news is, it could have been worse. The City Council Monday night officially set the city’s mil rate for the budget year (beginning July 1) that will boost tax bills for homeowners several hundred dollars per year.
The council had rescued taxpayers from an additional burden and saved dozens of jobs by adding revenue sources to the nearly $500 million spending plan proposed by Mayor Bill Finch.
It’s an ugly budget, and the Board of Education isn’t finished yet trying to close a projected $10 million shortfall for its new budget year. Supt. of Schools John Ramos has suggested that he’d forego his pay raise condemned by OIB posters if unions stepped up to share the pain. I can understand the schools’ chief trying to leverage his raise for additional savings, but whining that he has bills to pay too sounds disingenuous when collecting more than $200,000 per year. Nothing like leading by example, eh?
I wonder if Ramos will be joining Finch at the Black Rock Day parade this weekend. Should be an interesting crowd response for his honor just completing his first six months in office. Between the tax increase and rammin’ Ramos toying with closing Black Rock School, should be a mighty happy crowd in The Rock. (Hey, any word on hiring an economic development director? We need the revenue.)
Might be wise for most city pols marching in Black Rock Day and Barnum Festival parades to wear a helmet.
Notes From City Hall
State Department of Transportation to Close Stratford Avenue Bridge for Maintenance Two Days this Week
The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation announced that it will be closing Bridge 2475, the “Stratford Avenue Bridge” connecting downtown with Bridgeport’s East Side, from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Wednesday, June 4th and Thursday, June 5th for maintenance.
Traffic will be diverted around the bridge during those times. Motorists are asked to seek alternative routes or follow detour signs. Questions or concerns should be directed to the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation at (860) 594-2000.
Animal Shelter Closed to Public June 6th-June 11th for Move to New Facility
The Bridgeport Department of Animal Control has announced that it will move to its new location at 236 Evergreen Street during the coming week. The shelter will be closed on Friday, June 6th and will re-open at the new location on Wednesday, June 11th. During that time all animals and equipment will be transported to the Evergreen Street facility.
Animal Control will remain available for emergencies. Emergencies should be reported to Police Dispatch at (203) 576-7671.
The Animal Shelter hours are:
Closed for Lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Also open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00am-3:30pm