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Hammers Supports Property Tax Cap, Financial Oversight Board For City

October 6th, 2016 · 40 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Republican State Senate candidate Elaine Hammers announced on Thursday if elected she will introduce legislation requiring municipalities to adhere to a property tax cap. She also announced her support for a financial oversight board for Bridgeport that has been raised by a number of residents of Black Rock who were hit hard by the July […]

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Worse In Hartford? Connecticut’s Bleeding Cities–Stafstrom: It Doesn’t Matter Who Is Worse Off … State Has Ignored Cities

August 29th, 2016 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

The mil rate in Bridgeport is 54. In Hartford it’s 74–ouch–by far the highest in the state. Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan approved by the City Council calls for $4 million in union concessions to balance the budget, some of which he has achieved. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s budget anticipates $15.5 million in municipal givebacks. […]

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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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Watchdog Group Ramps Up Citizen Participation For City Council Meeting

July 29th, 2016 · 127 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

UPDATE: council agenda. The last time the full City Council met the day after July 4, it was fireworks. Angry residents jammed the council chambers (see video) to vent about their July 1 tax bills. It had been a long time since residents came out in force to air out their lungs. Was it a […]

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‘Stop Managing The City In A Hotel Room!’ The Day David Carson Brought Sanity To The Financial Review Board

July 28th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

What’s government life like with a financial oversight board? Here’s a glimpse from my book Bow Tie Banker, a biography of David Carson, retired chief executive of People’s Bank. Carson had quite a flare-up with then State Treasurer Francisco Borges.

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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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Plug In A Number, Figure Out The Rest, Ganim’s Challenge With Unions

June 29th, 2016 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

When Mayor Joe Ganim and city bean counters crafted a budget in the spring that was eventually approved by the City Council for the spending year starting July 1 it assumed $4 million in union concessions. Mayor Joe’s an experienced negotiator, better than most sitting on the other side of the table. Okay, he told […]

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The Chase Is Over For Billy, Former City Police Officer Dies Tragically, Ex-fiancée Fights For Life After Shooting

June 21st, 2016 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Former Bridgeport Police Detective Billy Chase, who went where few undercover cops had gone before infiltrating dangerous drug organizations that wreaked havoc on city neighborhoods during a period of historic violent crime from the mid 1980s into the early 1990s died Monday night following a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head Thursday after he shot […]

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