Poll: Is the city’s new tax rate fair?

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The Board of Finance voted Tuesday to increase the property tax rate 3 percent for the 2014-15 budget year. Your exact tax rate depends on which taxing district you live in, ranging from 2.99 to 3.12. What do you think? Did they get it right this year? Take our poll below. Read the article: Stamford […] [Read More]

Board of Finance budget cuts: The full list

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STAMFORD — Board of Finance Clerk Lorraine Gilden has provided a complete list of the Board of Finance’s reductions to Mayor David Martin’s budget proposal. Finance board members slashed $7 million in total from the mayor’s $515.4 million proposed operating budget, tentatively lowered the general property tax increase for next fiscal year from 4.9 to 3.5 percent. […] [Read More]

Board of Finance reduces mayor’s proposed budget increase

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  STAMFORD — The Board of Finance cut $7 million from Mayor David Martin’s proposed operating budget Thursday, tentatively lowering the property tax increase to 3.5 percent for next fiscal year. Martin, who was elected in November and took office Dec. 1, unveiled his first budget proposal in early March. The original $515.4 million spending […] [Read More]
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Board of Finance set to cut budget

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STAMFORD — The Board of Finance will meet tonight to go over Mayor David Martin’s budget proposal and vote on possible reductions. Under city Charter, the finance board can cut, but not add or redistribute funding to the mayor’s spending package. The six-member board typically goes through the budget page by page identifying places where […] [Read More]
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Mr. Louizos goes to Washington

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STAMFORD — Board of Finance Chairman John Louizos is on board the Acela train en route to Washington, D.C. Louizos will meet today with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy to discuss Stamford’s federal priorities. Tomorrow he is meeting with U.S. Representative Jim Himes. “After being elected chairman of the Board of Finance, I […] [Read More]
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Mayor Martin’s proposed capital budget

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A look at the mayor’s proposed capital budget gives a sense of what his priorities are as he begins his first term in office. Here’s the complete list of projects that were included in this upcoming fiscal year’s capital budget:   [Read More]
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Public hearing on the proposed budget tonight

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STAMFORD — Taxpayers of Stamford, tonight is your chance to voice your support/concern/outrage over Mayor David Martin’s proposed $515.4 million budget (5 percent property tax increase) for next fiscal year. The spending package, which elected officials will finalize next month, will affect your July and January tax bills. The Board of Finance and Board of […] [Read More]
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You can live-stream next week’s budget hearing

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  STAMFORD — Now there’s no excuse for missing next week’s budget hearing. Board of Finance Chairman John Louizos announced this afternoon that the annual public hearing on next fiscal year’s proposed budget will be streamed live online. The finance board will also accept written comments from members of the public who cannot attend the […] [Read More]
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Public safety budgets under review tonight

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STAMFORD — Officials from the city’s emergency communications, police and fire departments will appear before the Board of Finance tonight to present their proposed budgets for next fiscal year. The three departments’ combined budgets total $110 million, just under 25 percent of Mayor David Martin’s proposed $515.4 million spending package for next fiscal year. Police […] [Read More]

Board of Finance meets tonight

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STAMFORD — The Board of Finance meets tonight for its regular monthly meeting, and will not hear any budget presentations. Finance members will consider 11 agenda items, including a $1 million funding request from the Office of Operations to cover snow removal costs. The brutal winter walloped the department’s budget, resulting in higher than anticipated […] [Read More]