BRIDGEPORT — A property owner in the city was furious today when he drove to City Hall to pay his taxes and found…no one.
The man, who declined to give his name because he said his company does business with the city, said when he approached the building there was no indication that he would find a “ghost town” inside.
The man said no notes were posted on the doors and he was able to enter City Hall without a problem. But, once inside, all departments were closed.
An employee that had lingered behind told the property owner that the mayor had given department heads permission earlier today to dismiss their employees at 2:30 p.m., instead of 5 p.m. as usual.
“If they are off tomorrow (New Year’s Eve), which is fine, why shut down early today?” the man said.
“This mayor is ridiculous,” he added.
UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Chief of Staff Adam Wood said city employees were NOT sent home early. He said he was at City Hall just now and employees were still there.
However, a city employee just told me employees were, in fact, told they could leave early if they chose. This employee said the Tax Collector’s Office was still open when (s)he left at 3 p.m. The disgruntled taxpayer called me just after 3:30 p.m.
Did you go to City Hall after 2:30 p.m.? If so, where there people there or not? Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-330-6321. Follow at twitter.com/ktorresbpt.