Milton and Marion Drexler were unhappy with the tax rate approved by Stamford’s Board of Finance Tuesday night. But not because their property taxes will rise. Rather, they were disturbed because even with an increase the city’s spending plan does away with the Commission on Aging.
The new property tax rate will be $17.37 per $1,000 of assessed value. It is based on a gross tax levy increase of 1.75 percent. The average property tax rate was $17.04 per $1000 of assessed value for this past year. The mill rate break down by district is as follows: A -- 17.49, B -- 17.10, ...
During the Stamford Board of Education’s special budget allocations meeting Monday night Jerry Pia fought for and won the addition of two special education teachers and two social workers for the upcoming school year.
“I’m a big proponent of people getting help when they need it,” board member Pia said in defense of adding the positions to the budget.
He sought to add the positions after hearing the testimony of 40 parents who explained how their children in special education benefited from more personal attention. Pia said he wished he could have added five more teachers, ...
The Stamford Board of Education’s $230 million budget for 2011-12 sailed through the Board of Finance Thursday night hitting only a few ripples. The BofF approved the budget, 4-2, with member Bob Kolenberg praising the school board for keeping costs in check.
“To the Board of Education, moving forward please do the same thing,” Kolenberg said.
The budget approved by the Board of Finance calls for an increase of 2.79 percent, or just over $6.2 million.
The budget did come under fire, however, from board member Scott Mirkin, who wanted ...
The school system cannot afford cuts in the spending plan for the upcoming school year, says Joshua Starr, superintendent of Stamford Public Schools. If the budget were cut 1 percent, 35 jobs would be eliminated, he said. If 2 percent were cut, either 70 jobs would be lost or 35 jobs would be lost and one school would be closed, Starr said during a budget workshop Wednesday run by the Board of Finance and the Board of Education.
"It's not our recommendation, it's something we'd be loathe to do," Starr said, shaking his head. The Board of Finance had asked Starr and the Board of ...
Mayor Michael Pavia mentioned the “very difficult economic environment,” the reality of “no quick fixes” and the “lingering” recession as he introduced his operating budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year Tuesday night to the Board of Finance. If his comments were designed to paint a proposed 2.93 percent tax increase in the best possible light, it seemed to work.
“I think it’s a great start,” Chairman Gerald Bosak Jr. said of the $470.6 million budget. Bob Kolenberg agreed. “I think the fact that they’re able to come in at under 3 percent in this environment is great.” Kathleen ...
Joseph Tarzia ended his longtime tenure on the Board of Finance Wednesday amid controversy over ethics complaints filed against him last year.
Tarzia didn’t attend a special meeting of the board Wednesday evening, but confirmed his resignation when reached at home via telephone afterward. Although his departure was effective Wednesday, the board met with Tarzia’s nameplate and an empty chair where he routinely sat as chairman. Vice Chairman Bob Kolenberg, who conducted the meeting, said the board had not received official word of Tarzia’s departure.
The Stamford Board of Finance will meet Wednesday, Feb. 23, to reconsider funding requests from city entities that previously were denied. Those items are on the agenda. What is not on the agenda, but would certainly be the most significant meeting development, is the expected departure of Chairman Joseph Tarzia.
Reports are officially unconfirmed. At a Saturday rally in support of Republican Bob Kolenberg’s bid for state Senate, nobody asked was willing to respond on the record. However, all indications are that Tarzia is relinquishing his post.
The Board of Representatives is the legislative arm of Stamford’s government. It is made up of 40 unpaid, elected volunteers. There are 20 districts that each elect two representatives every four years, concurrent with the mayor's term. The next election will be held in November, 2013.
Currently, 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans serve on the board.
Because the board is made up entirely of volunteers, most of its official meetings take place on weekday evenings. The full board meets the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m.
Standing before an attentive audience, John Freeman extolled the virtues of the Gateway project, a development plan that promises to revitalize the city's South End. The problem is, not everyone was convinced. Freeman's attempt to persuade the Board of Finance to close a portion of Henry Street to advance the project was stalled when the board decided to put the matter on hold, delaying a scheduled vote.
"I think we're all in favor of helping expedite this, but at the same time I think we all want to do our due diligence," said board Chair Joseph Tarzia. He proposed a meeting ...