by Paul Bass | Aug 25, 2016 8:26 am | Comments (64)
City officials scrambled this week to prevent another Yale-union spat from blowing an unexpected $5.6 million hole in the just-ended fiscal year budget.
In the end, Yale leveraged a threat to win assurances it can proceed with a plan to build a new biology lab.
Continue reading ‘Yale Threat Pays Off’
by Paul Bass | Jul 1, 2016 7:30 am | Comments (2)
A rush of last-minute customers got the city to its goal for permit fees for the fiscal year ending Thursday — as new political events put projections for the new year into doubt.
Continue reading ‘Fiscal Year Starts With Millions At Risk’
by Paul Bass | Jun 7, 2016 1:25 am | Comments (25)
The Board of Alders passed a $523.3 million city budget — and immediately started working toward closing a potential $2 million hole in it.
The approval came during a four-hour meeting at City Hall. It capped months of deliberations over the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Continue reading ‘Budget Passes; NHPD Brass Slapped’
by Markeshia Ricks | May 24, 2016 7:43 am | Comments (8)
A new $45 million K-4 “lab” school that alders were dead set against rebuilding last year got a renewed lease on life after key alders had a change of heart.
Continue reading ‘New SCSU-Strong School Resurrected’
by Markeshia Ricks | May 24, 2016 7:39 am | Comments (6)
Alders put crossing guards and librarians back into the new city budget while taking out money from the schools in order to shore up finances, at a Finance Committee meeting Monday night.
Continue reading ‘Library, Crossing Guard Jobs Added Back Into Budget’
by Markeshia Ricks | May 19, 2016 7:38 am | Comments (5)
Starting July 1 people arrested in New Haven will not be held in the prisoner lock-up next to the police station at 1 Union Ave. They will probably head to a new holding center at the jail on Whalley Avenue.
That’s because the lock-up at police HQ is slated to close.
Continue reading ‘1 Union Ave. Lock-Up Set To Close’
by Paul Bass | May 17, 2016 12:40 pm | Comments (15)
Mayor Toni Harp Tuesday proposed cutting planned new library and crossing-guard jobs and upping building permit fees rather than raising taxes in order to close a last-minute budget gap.
Continue reading ‘18 New Positions Axed; Tax Hike Averted’
by Markeshia Ricks & Paul Bass | May 10, 2016 7:42 am | Comments (12)
Leading alders said they’re looking to the mayor to guide them on how to avoid raising taxes amid a last-minute $8 million shock to the proposed new city budget.
The alders’ Finance Committee Monday night held off on discussing the budget to “see what’s going on with the state, so people can regroup and re-evaluate,” said board President Tyisha Walker.
Continue reading ‘Alders Look To Harp For Budget Fix’
by Paul Bass | May 6, 2016 7:39 am | Comments (32)
New Haven cleaned up at the Capitol, collecting $8 million more than last year from the state despite a budget crisis.
New Haven got creamed at the Capitol, collecting $8 million less than promised.
Continue reading ‘Budget Deal Leaves City With $8M Hole’
by Paul Bass | Apr 20, 2016 6:40 pm | Comments (20)
The Harp administration is taking an internal look into a second case of a staff dispute breaking into public view and leading to a mixed budget message to lawmakers.
Continue reading ‘A 2nd City Hall Clash Erupts Into View’