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UPDATED: New London Republicans Request Budget Information Update Before Referendum

Chairman says 2013 fiscal year budget available online is out of date

The New London Republican Town Committee has requested that the city post updated information on the , saying the document available on the municipal website is out of date.

The $42,323,256 municipal budget, which passed on June 19, will be subject of a Sept. 18 referendum vote after a . The referendum will also decide whether to overturn the mill rate - or tax levied per $1,000 of assessed value - which increases 7.5 percent from 25.31 to 27.22 under the budget. The $40,626,405 budget approved for the is not subject to the referendum.

"The budget document currently available on the city's website is insufficient to explain all the modifications made during this year's very confusing budget process," RTC Chairman Bill Vogel said in a press release. "It is impossible to have an informed electorate if the city does not provide the necessary budget details in a timely manner."

The PDF document of the 2013 fiscal year budget available on the city's website is dated April 30, reflecting the budget adopted by the City Council at the . This budget allocated $42,045,165 for the municipal budget and increased the mill rate to 27.42.

The council made more changes after . Mayor Daryl Finizio also approved by the council on the , although the council overrode the veto in order to pass a compromise budget in a 5-2 vote.

"To date, the city has not updated the budget to clearly describe all the approved settlements, transfers, and personnel changes," the RTC statement concluded. "This is vital information needed by voters to make an informed decision on the referendum."

Finizio said in a statement that the administration has been transparent during the budget process and accused the RTC of "trying to score political points." He said 13 forums on the budget have been scheduled prior to the election to field residents' questions, with the first taking place at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the .

"The IT and are working very hard on every issue, but staffing reductions in those departments have led to delays," said Finizio. "Staff has assured the administration that the updated budget will be online well before the Sept. 18th referendum."

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Matt Covey August 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Personally, I don't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry in New London getting their fingers on a budget that's a necessary damage-control response to a $12 mil hole that past governments got us in. Especially when we're hearing the same argument about tax rates needing to "palatable" that was the justification for those past governments' cutting so many services back, and ultimately led to us losing even more money when we had to use the rainy day fund to make up all the resulting funding gaps. But since we are gonna have to now, bring it on. Our elected officials, administration staff, and financial experts have been pouring over this for months. Huge compromises have been made. Everyone has to sacrifice to fix our past mistakes, including taxpayers. How else do we expect to move forward as a whole city? This is a microcosm of what's happening on the national stage, and the parallels are scary but couldn't be more obvious.
William Desmond August 14, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Matt you wish to keep the details from the voters. That is transparency at the very best. Your personal views fly in the face of logic. What are you looking to hide!
Lisa Beth August 14, 2012 at 07:54 PM
It's 'insufficient' or...they just can't understand it? Hummmmmm.....personally I'm going with the second one. But, it's not all their fault, I'm sure several of them have the same New London edumaction that I do.
Dirk Langeveld August 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I just updated this with the statement from the mayor's office.
John Martin August 14, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Nonsense and other stuff. The taxpayers have every right to see how our elected officials have allocated our money to provide the services they were elected to provide and administer. What you refer to as 'every Tom, Dick, and Harry', I call a citizen. As to the delays, I am sure that the amended budget must be on a spreadsheet - how hard is it to convert it to a pdf and post it? It really needs to be released as soon as possible. Any delays will create a furor of cries of manipulation, number-juggling, and other tomfoolery- deserved or not.
Suzanne Cattanach August 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Specifically, what staffing reductions have there been in IT and Finance since Dec. 1, 2011?
Dennis Downing August 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM
So Matt tell me who else besides the taxpayers and the 20 city employees who got layoff are going to make sacrifices. Do you honestly think if the budget passes as is that the mayor or the council will spend that money on whats best for the people of N.L. or will they give out more tax breaks, or use the money to give out even more great benefits. I know we can give out more raises to people who don't live here. I'm sure their spend it here. Do you here anything about what the city gov. will do with this tax increase if they get it? I don't know if you live in N.L. but it sounds like you can afford this tax increase. A lot of us can't. So how about some ideas from you on where the city can cut more.
Dennis Downing August 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Dirk, where is the update from the mayors office. I can't find it.
Smell the desperation August 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Wait a second. The progressive movement is about equality for all aka socialism. Therefore, under the Finizio regime, Matt's position should have the same weight as someone who actually has a clue. Given that fact, I now agree, Daryl should be allowed to hide the facts, including pension numbers, illegal direct dealing/forced retirement expenses, his staff budget and his 15% pension contribution. Why would anyone need to see the budget before voting on it.? Absolutely painful how one sided thes idiots are. Just be transparent and honest. I know it's hard without a plan but, for gods sake just shut up and give the mayor a chance to regain credibility.
Dennis Downing August 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM
So if there's not a true finish budget then what the hell are people suppose to go by. What is the city council working off of. When will the people get the true budget, a day or two before the vote. You talk about giving this administration a chance and yet ever thing they do make them look like they don't have a clue to what their doing. They need to start getting right or give it up.
Michael Hubbard August 15, 2012 at 01:34 AM
If the City of New London needs more revenue let them go back to the developer of Fort Trumbull. I for one am tired of supporting developers with pie in the sky ideas. We in New London do not need more rental properties. Especially apartments with tax breaks, you want to give tax breaks give them to the property owners who have been supporting New London for Years. This would include rental properties who have been paying their taxes right along. Why should out of town developers come in, using tax dollars to support their grandiose plans, get tax breaks, runaway with their profits and have the people who have been supporting this town for many years holding the bag to pay more?
Dirk Langeveld August 15, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Last two paragraphs.
Thomas Cornick August 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Mr Covey neither hides behind a pseudonym nor opens his statements with name calling, you Sir have clearly shown both your character and intelligence.
Zak Leavy August 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Finance has been reduced about 60% overall and IT, which is already a very small department, has lost a Senior System Analyst and another employee.
Zak Leavy August 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM
@Dennis, It's not a "screw-up" or "not getting it right" that has caused the delays. Staffing was severely reduced in the past across all of City Government to keep taxes stable/lower them. That has consequences and one of them is delays in services. This is a prime example of reductions to those departments causing a delay. In a comment earlier you asked what the money would be spent on and that is should be cut more. If you cut more it leads to more delays/cuts in city services. While taxes hurt property owners, severe cuts in services hurt just as much. Everyone talks about how "no one will move to NL because of the taxes!" It works both ways. Who would move to a City that is allowing it's streets to fall apart because there has been no investment to fix them? Who would move to a city that isn't fixing it's sidewalks? Who would move to a City where it takes weeks to get a permit to fix a building/home because the building department has been decimated? These are examples of what the 7.5% increase will go to.
Rick Lushay August 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Mr. Leavy it seems as if you and your mayor are holding the community and taxpayers hostage with this information to try to jockey for position in the referendum issue. Do you really think the people of New London are that stupid? The constant with this mayor and the administration is to blame someone or something else for all that is wrong. The administration has yet to accomplish one positive thing for New London. It has been nearly nine months the learning curve excuse has expired and the mayor and his staff have caused more problems and created more drama than any community can tolerate.
Sue P. August 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Ditto on what Rick said. This is a very amateur game that Finizio and Co. are playing. I hate to tell you Zak but New London has always paid their bills why is it such a huge problem now. Could it be lack of experience?
Buddy Lawton August 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Where is Allyn De Daryl with his outrageous spin of the facts?
John Martin August 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Did someone write a new budget since the last time the City Council had one? Was one written - or is being written - since the referendum was called for? If not, it doesn't require a 'senior analyst' to publish it as a pdf. You're not going to tell me that this budget was written long hand, are you? Certainly some sort of software was used. And if the data is stored using a program, running a print job is certainly an option. There are free pdf print spoolers out there - won't cost the city a penny. Again, Mr. Leavy, I have to assert that the longer it takes before this budget is provided for review, the more people are going to accuse the Mayor's Office of subterfuge. And the less likely it will be passed when it comes to the vote. Is that what the Mayor's Office wants?
Zak Leavy August 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
@Mr. Lushay, Sue, and John, I assure you that no one is holding any information hostage and absolutely do not think the people of New London are stupid. When staff is cut to a level that is not efficient, it inevitably leads to delays. The work doesn't disappear when staff does. It just simply means that more work is being done by fewer people. Hence, the delay here. IT and Finance are working on many many issues daily which leads to delays in services. Sue, you're right the bills were always paid. The bills are still being paid. I'm not sure what you bills aren't paid? The City obviously needs to watch it's spending very carefully because we do not have a savings account like we did in prior years. @John, This Administration has been more open and transparent than ever before in City Government. Every document asked for during the budget process was given. When a $12,000,000 deficit was found it was immediately brought to the attention of the public to work towards a solution. That is what this budget represents. At 20% all services would have continued as they always have. At 7.5% there are reductions across all of City Government which means a reduction in services and staff. When people are cut from their jobs the work is now done by someone else that wasn't handling their work before. Delays are to be expected and the budget should be online well before the September 18th vote.
John Martin August 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I hear what you are saying, but I advise you to put up whatever you can as soon as you can. Things will not go well if people vote this budget down and faith in the administration is pretty low. This is not a value judgement, it is an educated observation. Just sayin'.
Buddy Lawton August 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Zak, Be real you are a young boy in an adult world. You have neither the experience nor the instinct to grasp or sift through the mess that your pal Daryl has precipitated. You and the administration are absolutely withholding information from the public. This will all backfire on Daryl and company and in just over 3 years at the most you will all be someplace else. For someone to campaign on transparency and withhold so much from the people is a lie that the people will not forgive or forget. The childish errors could be forgiven if they did not continue to occur. You will one day look back on this time in your life with the benefit of wisdom that comes with age and think WTF. So please copy and save all that has been written during this time for review in 20 years or so when you can have a hearty laugh.

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