by Thomas MacMillan | May 17, 2013 8:36 am | Comments (29)
After months scrutinizing the mayor’s proposed new city budget, aldermen voted to chip away at a planned property tax increase by leaving some city jobs vacant, reining in police overtime, and benefiting from some good news from Hartford.
by Melissa Bailey | May 16, 2013 2:21 pm | Comments (12)
Three million extra dollars for the schools: Too much for taxpayers to bear? Or a much-needed increase to save school reform?
by Thomas MacMillan | May 8, 2013 12:13 pm | Comments (27)
Don’t hire a “tweeter” for the police department. Keep a closer eye on overtime. Leave two bridge tender positions vacant.
by Paul Bass | May 2, 2013 5:08 pm | Comments (15)
Mayor John DeStefano’s computer runs on 10-year-old software. That’s part of a larger tech problem at City Hall.
by Paul Bass | Apr 25, 2013 4:02 pm | Comments (7)
Violent crime has fallen to a 10-year low, but remains higher than in Bridgeport. Meanwhile, the parks department does the same work it did 13 years ago—with half the workers.
Those long-view snapshots, and others, emerged amid City Hall’s annual ritual of selling the mayor’s proposed budget.
by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 3, 2013 12:19 pm | Comments (9)
After unions balked at a plan to save an estimated $2 million by switching health care companies, lawmakers sent the proposal back to committee.
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 19, 2013 8:11 am | Comments (14)
With union-affiliated aldermen diving into the nitty-gritty of health care costs, a change in insurance carriers could save the city a bundle—depending on answers to some key questions.
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 14, 2013 2:02 pm | Comments (18)
No one likes a tax increase. But almost no one showed up to testify about it.
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 1, 2013 9:08 am | Comments (43)
The mayor is proposing an increase in property taxes in the next fiscal year. Just how much taxes will rise is the subject of his new choose-your-own-adventure budget.
Except we don’t get to choose. The state does.
by Paul Bass | Feb 7, 2013 9:15 am | Comments (5)
New Haven’s police officers defied a last-minute appeal from their firefighting brethren and voted more than 2-1 Wednesday to approve a new five-year contract with the city.