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Poll: Do you think the city should increase taxes on home sales?

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The Stamford Board of Representatives is currently considering a plan to raise taxes on home sales over $1 million. Under the plan, home sellers would pay the current rate of 0.35 percent on all proceeds up to $1 million and 0.5 percent for all revenue over that sum. The plan has been opposed by Realtors […] [Read More]
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Poll: Mayor Martin’s priority list

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Mayor David Martin outlined his priorities in Sunday’s Advocate for the upcoming fiscal year focusing on making city government more transparent, fiscally responsible and operationally efficient. What do you think of the mayor’s direction? [Read More]

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]

Poll: Mayor’s proposed tax increase

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Stamford retains Aaa bond rating with S&P

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It’s that time of year again when the city learns where it stands with its credit rating agencies — a dry story that has larger implications on how much the city can spend by issuing bonds. The better the rating, the better the interest rate the city can get and therefore the more money it […] [Read More]
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Figure out your tax increase

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STAMFORD — Your tax bill is probably going up. Here’s how to calculate exactly how much: 1) Look up your property’s assessed value -Click on this link: http://gis.vgsi.com/stamfordct/, enter your address and write down your property’s total assessment for 2012. 2) Look up your taxing district -Inconveniently, taxing districts do not appear to be listed in the […] [Read More]

Final property tax increase: 3.41%

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CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect Republican Jerry Bosak’s vote against the mill rate. STAMFORD – The Board of Finance voted to approve a $447 million gross tax levy Tuesday night, setting the average mill rate at 23.73 mills and the average tax increase for next fiscal year at 3.41 percent. Independent Kathleen […] [Read More]
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Board of Finance trims city, education, capital budgets

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  STAMFORD — The Board of Finance trimmed $1.9 million from the city’s proposed operating and education budgets and $625,000 from  capital projects Monday night. Finance board members made a rare cut to education spending, which was scheduled to increase $9 million next fiscal year. The Board of Finance settled on a $680,000 general reduction […] [Read More]
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This week at the Government Center

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STAMFORD — City officials will scrutinize the city budget and consider a mid-year sewer fee rate increase this week. MONDAY Steering: The Board of Representatives Steering committee will set this month’s agenda items. 7 p.m. in the Democratic Caucus room on the fourth floor. Agenda. Zoning: The Zoning Board will hold public hearings on five […] [Read More]

School security audit not yet complete

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ABOVE: Schools Superintendent Winifred Hamilton takes notes during a public hearing in January STAMFORD — An in-depth review of security systems at Stamford’s 20 schools is not yet complete, Superintendent of Schools Winifred Hamilton told the Board of Finance Monday. Hamilton and other school officials appeared before the board for a second round of deliberations […] [Read More]