Ansonia Budget 2017-2018
by Ethan Fry | Jun 20, 2017 10:12 pm | Comments (0)
One of eight teaching positions recently cut by the Board of Education will be restored under a 2017-2018 budget adopted by the Ansonia’s Aldermen last night.
The budget calls for property taxes to remain flat — assuming the state doesn’t reduce funding.
Just three people spoke during a public hearing on the budget in the high school auditorium Tuesday (June 20) attended by about three dozen residents.
by Frank DeLibero | GUEST COLUMN | Jun 20, 2017 4:26 pm | Comments (0)
Board of Education Commissioner Scarlata’s recent column is both inaccurate and frankly disrespectful to Ansonia residents who struggle to pay the taxes that support our schools.
Yes, the State of Connecticut does provide financial support to our school district, though the funding provided has been short by millions each year.
Ansonia taxpayers, however, are obligated to fund over $16 million per year as a local share, an amount that climbed a record 3.7 percent of their total budget (approximately $3.2 million) over the past 3 years.
by Vinnie Scarlata | GUEST COLUMN | Jun 20, 2017 7:19 am | Comments (0)
Round and round we go!
When do the citizens of Ansonia get straight talk from the people running our town?
When do ALL the facts get presented instead of glowing political rhetoric?
by Ethan Fry | Jun 13, 2017 11:15 pm | Comments (0)
Property taxes in Ansonia will remain flat next year, according to a budget voted on by a committee of Aldermen Tuesday.
The spending plan won’t be finalized until next week, when a public hearing and vote by the full Board of Aldermen is scheduled.
by STAFF | Jun 13, 2017 6:14 am | Comments (0)
The City of Ansonia’s proposed budget is a tough one, with potential cuts to services such as the public library in an effort to keep the tax rate stable — which, in turn, officials say, will help attract new investment and grow the grand list.
Click here to read the most recent Valley Indy story on the budget.
by Ethan Fry | Jun 9, 2017 10:12 am | Comments (0)
Between now and Tuesday, an Ansonia finance official will try to trim about $164,000 from the city’s $61.7 million proposed budget in an effort to avoid a tax increase.
And the city’s lawyer will try to discuss with school officials how to figure out how to budget possible insurance savings to the satisfaction of all parties.
The moves came during an Ansonia Board of Aldermen finance committee meeting Thursday in Ansonia City Hall.
by Frank DeLibero | GUEST COLUMN | May 25, 2017 12:17 pm | Comments (0)
I would like to follow-up on Alderman Lorie Vaccaro’s “false fact” column recently submitted to the Valley Independent Sentinel. There are certainly no shortage of “false facts” floating around Ansonia recently, and none more outrageous than the suggestion that the Cassetti administration has been anything other than supportive of public education.
by Lorie Vaccaro | GUEST COLUMN | May 23, 2017 7:39 pm | Comments (0)
The Ansonia Republican Town Committee has long been a proponent of transparency in local government.
Our members are responsible for installing permanent video cameras in Aldermanic Chambers, establishing the first active Facebook page for the city, and starting the annual tradition of the Mayor’s State of the City address.
We applaud the Ansonia Democratic Town Committee in their efforts to try to be vocal on city issues. It helps the public to see the discourse.
by Ansonia Democrats | GUEST COLUMN | May 18, 2017 12:29 pm | Comments (0)
It’s been 14 weeks since the ADTC broke news on the unprecedented level of spending from Mayor Cassetti and the city’s unsustainable financial path. We’re still waiting for response from Mayor Cassetti.
Just weeks ago, during the height of budget season, with looming budget shortfalls for this current fiscal year, and significant cuts to city services in the upcoming budget, Mayor Cassetti decided to divert everyone’s attention.
by Saleh Hanaif | GUEST COLUMN | May 12, 2017 3:12 pm | Comments (0)
Last night(May 11), I attended my children’s play in Ansonia High School at 6 p.m. to watch them perform Beauty and the Beast. It was an absolutely amazing production. Those children, teachers, parents and volunteers worked so hard for five months for this event. It was a full house and they are also performing again tonight at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Once the play finished, I attended the Board of Aldermen meeting on the budget that the Board of Education presented. I can say it was a very informative and civil meeting with plenty of questions and answers.
I truly believe that the Board of Education of the City of Ansonia is the foundation of our town.