Mayor Finch to host 4 forums on his budget

From Mayor Bill Finch’s office:

BRIDGEPORT, CT – (April 3, 2013) – During the next five weeks Mayor Bill Finch will once again be hosting a series of public budget  presentations to be held in locations around the City to provide Bridgeport residents with information about his proposed budget. The first budget overview session is set for April 10 at Luis Munoz Marin School. A complete schedule follows at the end of the release.

“We want to give residents an opportunity to participate in the budget process,” said Mayor Finch.  “We have persevered through some very tough economic times, and we continue to work to bring new jobs and new businesses to the City. This year’s budget presents us with some very tough challenges due to the funding cuts proposed by the Governor. These sessions will allow us to speak face-to-face about these issues, while allowing residents to voice their concerns, ask questions and provide City officials with feedback.”

The Mayor delivered his proposed FY2013-14 budget to the City Council on Tuesday. The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee will hold a series of review sessions during the month of April and early May. The full City Council must vote on the budget by May 14. For a complete list of Budget and Appropriations Committee meetings click here.

Mayor Finch will also host a telephone town hall on Tuesday, April 16 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  An online sign-up form for residents will be posted on the City’s website on Monday, April 8.

For the fifth year in a row, the City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of United States and Canada. The GFOA award recognizes how well the City’s budget serves in the following categories: as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. The City received a ‘proficient’ rating in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

“This award reflects our commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” said Mayor Finch. “I am very proud of the work we’ve done to make our budget easier to understand and more user-friendly.”

The schedule for the general budget overview sessions is as follows:

Wednesday, April 10 – 6 to 8 p.m., Luis Munoz Marin School, 479 Helen Street

Tuesday, April 16 – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Mayor Finch hosts a Telephone Town Hall

Tuesday, April 30 – 6 to 8 p.m., Discovery Interdistrict Magnet School, 4510 Park Avenue

Tuesday, May 7, – 6 to 8 p.m., Jettie Tisdale School, 250 Hollister Avenue

Brian Lockhart