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What’s In Your Tax Bill? Do The Dollars Make Sense?

June 28th, 2016 · 30 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Tax bills for real estate and motor vehicles have started hitting mailboxes to finance the municipal budget year starting July 1. Are you beaming or screaming? Or something in between?

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Despite Wealth, State Deep In Debt

May 31st, 2016 · 12 Comments · News and Events

Debt burden. It’s something Bridgeport resident David Walker, the former U.S. Comptroller General, has railed against locally and nationally. He has often cited Connecticut’s burdensome debt ratio as well. The more governments borrow the more it costs taxpayers, as cited in a new analysis.

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City Council Sets Mil Rate, Ganim Signs Budget, Claims Lower Tax Burden, Walker: Disease Has Not Been Treated

May 27th, 2016 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: Mayor Joe Ganim announced on Friday he has signed a $552 million budget approved by the City Council that sets a mil rate at 54.37 for real estate and personal property and includes a motor vehicle mil rate at 37 per a state-mandated cap. Ganim asserts, despite the rate increase from the current year […]

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Book Schools City Council On Minority Party Representation

May 18th, 2016 · 3 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

One-party rule is a disservice to taxpayers. That’s the message Republican candidate for State House Ethan Book shared with the City Council Monday night, urging the legislative body–all of them Democrats–to examine the benefits of minority party representation. Ethan Book can be reached at 203.943.0045, newenglimo@aol.com.

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Walker: Budget Clock Is Ticking, Time To Take Action

April 4th, 2016 · 27 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Bridgeport resident David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, addressed the City Council Monday night urging the body “to cut spending, transform City Government, and restructure retirement plans in an equitable and sustainable fashion. Failure to do so will serve to demonstrate that Bridgeport City Government cannot do what needs to be done to put […]

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Walker To City Council: Cut Budget By 10 Percent

March 22nd, 2016 · 32 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Bridgeport resident David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, addressed the City Council Monday night with a sobering declaration: “You need to make sure that the total City budget is cut by at least 10% from last year’s levels, and quit approving unreasonable long-term tax abatement deals that only serve to make the situation worse.”

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Lee Educates Public About Money Flow

March 20th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

John Marshall Lee is a man on a financial mission to make government open, accountable and transparent, in what has become an acronym for government officials on every level to eat their OATs. Add an h as in honesty and now you have what he terms an OATH. Lee asks lots of questions in the […]

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Top Stories March 2015: Ganim Moves Closer To Historic Comeback

December 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

OIB story highlights for March 2015. – Nothing like political star power to pad the campaign warchest. With “music and flavors of the East” Mayor Bill Finch enjoyed that Monday night at the Easton home of Bangalore Mahesh, owner of several Dunkin’ Donuts coffee franchises in Bridgeport, where Governor Dan Malloy and Connecticut’s two U.S. […]

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