Archive for the ‘Budget’ Category
Check this out: CNN Report on Cash Strapped Cities. Pay attention to Corey Booker’s thoughts on not only budget shortfalls but the unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities. This is HIGHLY relevant to New Haven.
Read the article here in the New Haven Independent.
Can we decrease spending and increase revenue to cover $100 Million? This is what we need to do in five years to cover a $82 Million shortfall and raise the emergency fund to 5% of our budget (another $22 million). This is not counting any drastic measures by the State to cut our PILOT or ECS (Education) funding.
Other interesting findings such as spending $1.5 Billion Dollars on Schools without checking to see if we need to build so many schools — is this why the census is so low at schools? If our census at schools do not match what we told the state, the State is going to send us a bill for the difference. I believe we have already had to pay back about $65 million in money for things which the State never approved. Where does it end???
There are signs that Alderpersons will ignore a historic petition of over 1000 names and make a compromise. Let them know how you feel about a tax hike in the worst economy since the great depression. Even DeStefano agreed to sign the petition (but then refuse) and sent out campaign literature only a few months ago touting that people can’t take a tax increase in this economy. Has the economy gotten better? Why is there now a proposed increase of between 9-20+%? That range which is often ignored by the media is directly from the Mayor’s own Management and Budget Office. We didn’t compute it, twist it, or massage it. Straight from Management and Budget. The reason they don’t say it to the press, is that they are trying to pull a fast one. Don’t let your alderperson try to sneak away from the true increase for some people of over 20% in this economy.
Attention Ward 25 Alderman Greg Dildine reports that he has only received a very few calls from people concerned about the budget. Please call Alderman Dildine and let him know how a 9-20% increase will effect your family.
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Lets put the pressure on Jorge Perez, BOA Finance Committee Member. Let him know how you feel about the budget or how a 9-20% tax and rent increase will effect your life. Be nice, but be clear and ask him to join over 1000 people who signed the petition.
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