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Finance Committee Begins Deliberations On New London Budget On Thursday

Meeting will look to reduce budget and tax rate after rejection at referendum vote on Tuesday

The Finance Committee will begin looking at the municipal budget and tax rate on Thursday, two days after both measures were rejected at a referendum vote.

The meeting has been scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday at City Hall. Council President Michael Passero chairs the committee, while Councilors John Maynard and Andrew Sprecace are members.

The committee will work to reduce the $42,323,256 municipal budget, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"83-million-budget-approved-for-new-london"} -->, which was

Spencer September 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM
This is a much needed meeting--but the scheduling of it is lacking. especially if you want the 'public' to give a voice here. Adam is out of town on a business trip--5 pm is when people are starting to go home--or pick up their kids from child care, etc, etc.... Who the heck schedule this meeting at this time?? Zak--was it you? Daryl??? Jane??? I bet none of you will tell us---will you? What a shame!!! Seriously--what a shame!!!!
Spencer September 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM
A shame to the scheduler of this meeting at this time that is!!!
Greg Bryant September 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM
They have to have a quorum! Who is on the committee? Is this more of the council president not working with the other council members?
Michael Passero September 20, 2012 at 12:42 AM
This meeting scheduled after confirming Councilor Sprecace's travel schedule and Councilor Maynard's schedule. 5:00 pm is the usual time that Council committees meet. Indeed during the original budget deliberations by the Finance Committee, the meetings generally convened at 5:00 pm. In this instance, 5 pm was also important because Planning & Zoning were scheduled to meet in Council chambers at 7pm. Subsequently, P&Z chair Christiansen graciously offered to re-notice the P&Z meeting and move it to the Stanton building. In sum, the committee meeting was scheduled only after Councilors Maynard and Sprecace graciously agreed to re-arrange their schedules; the timing was originally dictated by the availablity of Council Chambers. The good news is that, with the P & Z meeting moved to the Stanton Building, the committee will be under no deadline if the meeting runs more than 2 hours. I appreciate the concern, but the meeting time was not selected in an attempt to limit public comment and, if requested, additional public comment can be provided prior to the committee's adjournment for individuals who may be unable to attend the beginning of the meeting. This meeting was scheduled principally to solicit public comment prior to beginning Council's deliberations on a new appropriation ordinance. Michael Passero
Spencer September 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM
My apoies Michael--It just looked kind of fishy without that information. May I suggest however a delay long enough for Adam to be able to get to the begining of the meeting since he does number crunchings better then anyone!
Spencer September 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM
apologies
Michael Passero September 20, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Unless there is a delay with his flight, Adam expects to be able to make the beginning of the meeting. I am legally obligated to convene the meeting at 5pm, but we will be in communication and a short recess can be called if necessary.
Thomas Cornick September 20, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Does the city center districts extra mil of taxation fully fund the additional city services consumed ? It would seem that the buying power of the additional mil will have eroded considerably since it began to be collected thus shifting the cost to the non city center taxpayer over time. Has anyone in city government looked into this recently ?

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