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Stafstrom Calls On Mayor To Form Commission To Examine City’s Long-term Debt

July 20th, 2016 · 82 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

A Black Rock community forum took place Tuesday night featuring City Council members Kate Bukovsky and Scott Burns hearing additional calls for a state oversight board to monitor city finances. The meeting was attended by State Rep. Steve Stafstrom and City Finance Director Ken Flatto. The video above was posted on the YouTube channel of […]

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Watchdog Barks About “Hidden Government”–Will Others Dig In?

July 10th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics

For years, citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has been a lonely bark adding light to the dark of government finances with little backup from struggling taxpayers at City Council meetings. Last week, City Council chambers was jammed with angry taxpayers only after they received their tax bills. It’s always better to vent before the budget […]

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In April Budget Hearing The Sound Of Crickets, What About Tuesday?

July 3rd, 2016 · 45 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

On April 21, this happened: the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee conducted a public hearing on the city’s spending plan and two taxpayers spoke. On Tuesday, now that they’ve received their tax bills, angry taxpayers are trying to rally a protest for the City Council meeting. Isn’t it better to scream before the budget is […]

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Crickets … Two Speakers For City Council Public Hearing On $560 Million Budget

April 22nd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Well, two speakers are better than none, right? At 6:07 p.m. on Thursday Scott Burns, co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, called the meeting to order for the public to speak on Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million budget. Michael Bottillo, a postal worker from the West Side, stepped up to the microphone. “The […]

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Ganim: Malloy Budget Cuts Devastating–Will State Legislature Rescue City?

April 14th, 2016 · 37 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

The financial scenario is ugly. Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday issued a distress letter to department heads that calls Governor Dan Malloy’s state budget cuts potentially “devastating.” Malloy is trying to close a nearly $1 billion projected deficit for the budget year starting July 1. Malloy axed, according to Ganim, $8 to $10 million in […]

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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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Ganim Putting Finishing Touches On Budget Proposal To City Council

March 28th, 2016 · 11 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim, according to the City Charter, is scheduled to submit the first budget of JG2 to the City Council no later than next Tuesday April 5. This is a tricky budget for Ganim and city bean counters because it will reflect the revaluation of city property that kicks in for the budget year […]

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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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