State Rep. Charlie Stallworth has confirmed with OIB he now supports State Rep. Jack Hennessy’s state legislative bill that bars city employees from serving on the City Council amended to grandfather in municipal workers currently serving on the city’s legislative body. The City Charter prohibits city employees from sitting on the council, but a loophole [...]
Entries Tagged as 'David Walker'
May 16th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics
May 9th, 2013 · 88 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events
The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Tuesday night, with roughly 80 people in attendance, conducted the last of its public hearings in City Hall as the city’s budget-making committee prepares to vote on Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed $520 million spending plan before it goes to a full vote of the city’s legislative body next [...]
April 29th, 2013 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council
During the Joe Ganim mayoral years (November 1991 to April 2003) the city’s fund balance, or financial reserve, grew to more than $50 million that represented the city’s relatively sturdy financial position that included 10 straight years without a tax increase. In the last 10 years the fund balance has been raided on several occasions [...]
April 17th, 2013 · 41 Comments · City Budget, News and Events
David Walker, the former Comptroller General of the United States, has stepped up his critical analysis of the city’s taxing policies in appearances at public meetings and even trying to get through with a question at Mayor Bill Finch’s telephone town hall meeting Tuesday night. Did anyone listen in? Walker listened, but as the Black [...]
April 16th, 2013 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events
Mike Marella made his return to the City Council Monday night replacing long-time councilman Bob Curwen who resigned from the city’s legislative body several weeks ago citing family health issues. Marella was a key figure on the council in the 1990s during the Joe Ganim mayoral years. He was a council spearhead for the establishment [...]
April 9th, 2013 · 42 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events
The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Monday night conducted a public hearing on Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed $520 million spending plan for the budget year starting July 1, with a majority in attendance from Black Rock, the waterfront hamlet whose residents pay a whole lot in taxes (is there a pulse in the rest [...]
April 7th, 2013 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events
Here’s your chance to speak for or against Mayor Bill Finch’s $520 million spending proposal to the City Council. On Monday, 6 p.m. the council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee will conduct a public hearing on the budget in City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace.