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Entries Tagged as 'David Walker'

The Crowd Roars For Tax Relief At City Council Meeting–Will It Matter?

August 2nd, 2016 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Another cranky crowd–mostly from the highly taxed Black Rock neighborhood–packed City Council Chambers Monday night, four weeks after venting about tax increases, to once again remind members of the budget and legislative body they haven’t forgotten about the impact on their pocketbooks. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker received a standing ovation in his call […]

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Spain Shares Fiscal Pain In City, Urges Course Correction And Assistance For Seniors

August 1st, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Pete Spain, who lives in Black Rock, was among the speakers to address the City Council Monday night. Educated at Yale, studious Spain is one of those guys in dogged pursuit of information and facts. OIB asked for a verbatim transcript of his remarks and he obliged.

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Walker Makes Video Pitch For State-Created Financial Control Board

July 16th, 2016 · 41 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General, has issued a video appeal for creation of a financial control board to oversee city finances. Such a process would require support of Governor Dan Malloy and the state legislature. Mayor Joe Ganim who opposes state financial oversight inherited a Bridgeport Financial Review Board upon his election in November […]

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Fireworks At City Council Meeting, Angry Taxpayers Vent At Mayor, Council Over Hike

July 6th, 2016 · 107 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Update, includes video: More than 400 vexed taxpayers, most from the higher assessed Black Rock neighborhood, vented on Mayor Joe Ganim in a jammed City Council chambers Tuesday night about their tax bills in a revaluation year. And he let them spew in a noisy night punctuated by booing, hissing and chanting and calls for […]

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Walker And Company Plan Earful For City Council

July 2nd, 2016 · 128 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker is ripping mad over the tax increase on his Black Rock home. He intends to air out his lungs during the public speaking portion of the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

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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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