Ansonia Budget

Ansonia School Board Gives City New Deadline, City Suddenly Schedules Public Hearing

by STAFF | May 11, 2018 12:24 pm

Ansonia’s school board has set a new deadline in its threat to sue the city over a $600,000 cut in its current budget.

In a letter dated Thursday, the school board’s lawyer, Frederick Dorsey, says the city has until May 15 to restore the $600,000 cut or the school board will file a lawsuit.

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Logan: A Team Effort To Make Certain Ansonia Gets Treated Fairly

by State Sen. George Logan | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 21, 2017 10:26 pm

State Sen. George Logan wrote the following letter in response to a letter from Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti.

I share Ansonia Mayor David S. Cassetti’s passion for making certain that Ansonia gets treated equitably by the State of Connecticut in the area of public education funding.

By now, we know that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal shortchanges Ansonia and towns across Connecticut.

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Cassetti To State: Decisive Action Needed

by GUEST COLUMN | Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti | Feb 21, 2017 5:55 pm

The following letter was sent by Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti to state Sen. George Logan and state Rep. Linda Gentile Tuesday. The mayor’s office forwarded a copy to the Valley Indy.

Dear Representative Gentile and Senator Logan:

Ansonia can no longer wait for fair and equitable public education funding. I am writing to you to demand that immediate action be taken on behalf of our students and taxpayers.

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Ansonia Administrator: The School District Does Not Have A Deficit

by GUEST COLUMN | Feb 21, 2017 5:51 pm

Editor’s note: The Valley Indy asked the Ansonia school district for clarification after reading the first paragraph of a guest column submitted by the Ansonia Town Democratic Committee.

Interim Business Administer Frank Connolly sent the following response. Please note the Indy did not provide the district with town committee’s letter before it was published.

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Ansonia Dems: Cassetti, Aldermen Dug Fiscal Hole, It’s Up To All Of Us To Dig Out

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.

***An administrator from the school district addresses this statement here.

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Cassetti: Ansonia Budget At ‘Breaking Point’

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.

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