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Ansonia Budget 2017-2018

Shots Fired Thursday In Ansonia

by Ethan Fry | Jul 28, 2017 2:53 pm | Comments (0)

A man was shot in Ansonia’s north end Thursday night.

In a prepared statement, Ansonia Police Lt. Patrick Lynch said police were called to the intersection of Fifth and Star streets about 8 p.m. after the shooting was reported.

“The victim, a 27-year-old male, was shot once in the lower body while inside a vehicle and then drove himself to the hospital,” Lynch said. “The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from the hospital.”

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Taxes To Remain Flat In Ansonia, One Teaching Position Restored

by Ethan Fry | Jun 20, 2017 9:12 pm | Comments (0)

ethan fry photo 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.

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Ansonia Alderman: School Board Member Inaccurate, Disrespectful

by Frank DeLibero | GUEST COLUMN | Jun 20, 2017 3:26 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.

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Writer: The Ansonia School Board Is Not The Bad Guy

by Vinnie Scarlata | GUEST COLUMN | Jun 20, 2017 6:19 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?

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Ansonia Aldermen To Vote On Budget June 20

by Ethan Fry | Jun 13, 2017 10:15 pm | Comments (0)

ethan fry photo 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.

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READ: The Proposed Ansonia Budget

by STAFF | Jun 13, 2017 5:14 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.

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Ansonia Inches ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Budget Forward

by Ethan Fry | Jun 9, 2017 9:12 am | Comments (0)

ethan fry photo 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.

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Ansonia Alderman: Cassetti Administration Has Supported Schools

by Frank DeLibero | GUEST COLUMN | May 25, 2017 11:17 am | 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.

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Ansonia Alderman: Democrats Playing ‘Fast And Loose’ With Facts

by Lorie Vaccaro | GUEST COLUMN | May 23, 2017 6:39 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.

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Ansonia Democrats: Mayor Imposing ‘Rushed Spending Of Mass Proportions’

by Ansonia Democrats | GUEST COLUMN | May 18, 2017 11:29 am | 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.

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