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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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Steel Point, Led By Bass Pro Shops, Hits Personal Property Tax Rolls July 1

March 18th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

In a few weeks Mayor Joe Ganim will submit the first budget of JG2 to the City Council based on a new reduced grand list of taxable property 15 percent lower than last year, according to city bean counters. Does that mean the current mil rate of roughly 42 will grow by 15 percent to […]

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Grand List 15 Percent Lower, Mixed Bag Expected For Tax Bills

March 9th, 2016 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

In about four weeks, Mayor Joe Ganim will submit his proposed budget to the City Council that will factor in the grand list of taxable property based on the new revaluation to kick in for July 1. The grand list, according to a news release issued by city Communications Director Av Harris, is 15 percent […]

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Gomes-Driven Layoffs Impact About 20 City Employees Including Tax Assessor, Health Director

March 4th, 2016 · 95 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

In a financially bloody Friday about 20 city employees, some of them high profile, received layoff notices declaring they’re being let go as a result of government restructuring, including Tax Assessor Elaine Carvalho who just days ago signed the grand list of taxable property and the certified revaluation that will kick in for the budget […]

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