by Lorie Vaccaro | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 21, 2017 5:56 pm
As an Ansonia resident and elected official, I find it absolutely appalling that we could be facing cuts to our historic library. But if something is not done about the astonishingly high cost of public education in our city than we face a future of continually cutting services or constantly raising taxes.
by The Ansonia Democratic Town Committee | Feb 21, 2017 5:49 pm
In May 2016, a couple hundred residents turned out to the Ansonia High School auditorium to voice their concern over the proposed budget from public officials, which would short change the Board of Education’s budget request by several million dollars and risk cutting school programs. Despite the concern of residents about the state of their school system, Board of Aldermen with the Mayor’s guidance voted to pass the underfunded school budget. It’s half a year later now and as it turns out, the schools really did need that money, and they are operating at approximately $1.6 million deficit,*** which the city will need to somehow pay for. The question is, where is this money going to come from? In order to put this in context it’s important to take a good look at the city’s finances.
by GUEST COLUMN | Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti | Feb 17, 2017 12:09 am
Most Ansonia residents will find the cuts to the Ansonia Public Library in the proposed 2017-2018 budget absurd, and I couldn’t agree more. To face any scenario where library hours could be cut – even a “worst case scenario” – is infuriating.
Yet the need to contemplate such a reduction in services evidences just how absurd the rising costs of public education are in Ansonia and similar towns, and how utterly irresponsible and neglectful the State of Connecticut has been in failing to fairly fund its most distressed school districts.
The annual school budget process in Ansonia has kicked of a new spirit of cooperation among Aldermen and the schools, administrators from Ansonia Public Schools said Wednesday while taping “Navel Gazing,” the Valley Indy’s weekly talk show.