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Financial Facts, Comparisons Showing What I Believe Is Abuse of Discretion?

These are comparisons between 1998 and 2010 actual costs, with some 1986 actuals. During these times the average earning for private sector stagnated or lost real income.

Editor's note: According to the blogger, the following numbers come from research at the Stratford Library, and email exchanges with Sue Collier of the town's finance department and Michael Feeney, chief operating officer for the Board of Education.

Follow the Money

1985-1986: Audited Adopted Budget $55,464,197;

1998-1999: Adopted Budget $109,221,819;     

2010-2011: Adopted Budget $185,278,902;    

 

1998-1999: Town Employee Benefits $8,005,753

2010-2011: Town Employee Benefits include pensions $34.3M                             

2010-2011: BOE Employee Benefits include pensions $17.4M                     

2010-2011: Combined Benefits: $51.7 million=11.69 mils

 

1998-1999:

Education $56,219,713;

Municipal $39,560,120;

Capital Improvment Debt $10,590,986;

Pension $2,851,000

 

2010-2011:

Education $92,402,182;

Municipal $61,882,060;

Capital Improvement Debt $11,344,289;

Pension $19,650,371

 

Education Benefits Cost:    

1998 $3,426,644*

2011 $12,220,600*

Education Attorneys Fees:

1998 $70,845*       

2011 $152,170*

 

1985-1986-Actual: Town Attorney Fees $130,073*      

1998-Actual: Town Attorney Fees $185,000*

2010-Actual: Town Attorney Fees $1,205,310* + HR Fees $296,052=

2010 ACTUAL TOTAL TOWN ATTORNEY FEES $1,501,362*

 

1986-1987: Actual TOTAL "Police/Public Safety BUDGET": $8,176,956*

1998-Actual: Police Payroll $5,264,087*                         

2010-Actual: Police Payroll $8,991,681*

 

1986-1987: Actual TOTAL "Fire Dept BUDGET": $4,112,769

1998-Actual Fire Payroll $4,994,148*                              

2010-Actual Fire Payroll $8,655,744*

*Police-Fire Payroll categories combined-added

 

Finance Director Collier e-mail September 2, 2011:

1998-1999 Estimated Averages:

Residential sales price: $139,725;   

Assessed value $97,808;    

Tax Bill $3,423           

 

2010-2011 Estimated Averages: 

Residential sales price: $250,000;   

Assessed value $175,000;  

Tax Bill $5,977          

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Jezebel282 December 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM
George, As long as Stratford citizens think the Republican and Democratic Town Committees are actualy Republican or Democrat and vote for the "R" or "D" nothing will change. Most citizens have no idea what the council does or what they vote on. Sadly, citizens believe that because it is "local" it is not worth their time or attention. Unfortunately, the most important factor in our mortgages and rent payments are the decisions of the Town Council, BOE and Mayor. With no opposition on the Council or BOE from any cohesive group (you know, like Independents or Democrats) you can pretty much gaurantee that everyone's mortgage and rent will be going up again in the next budget.
George E. Mulligan December 11, 2011 at 03:07 PM
JEZE, do you actually believe EVERYONE pays FAIR SHARES of TOWN TAXES? - Certain North End Estate Castels, pay proportially far less than TARGETED MINI-LOT / HOMES & the HMES of the UNAFFILIATED. - Every 2 years, the LATE GREAT ED "BEEFY" HARGUS would shuffle to the Town Council Public Forum & BELLOW: "This is the WORST TOWN COUNCIL E V E R." WE would CRINGE. It would turn out: * He was understating the situation. * Stratford & American political traditions perpetuate the degenerate. The DYNAMIC DIANE BUDA & ENTHUSIATIC ELEANOR BURKE created "PUBLIC INITIATIVE" "PETITIONS" and "PUBLIC REFERENDUMS" which threaten the CORE of POLITICAL POWER to LEGISLATE, to TAX, to REWARD FRIENDS, to PUNISH ENEMIES, & to ROB & Victimize the IGNORANT, the UNORGANIZED, the DISENFRANCHIZED, & APATHETIC. FDR: ORGANIZED MONEY is more DANGER than ORGANIZED CRIME. MARCIA STEWART has been the Steward of the Marshes, protector of the Lordship sovereignty from noise pollution & unelightened expansionism. Where will leadership come from to inform and educate the public from the political piranhas & political patronage plutocratic pariahs?
Jezebel282 December 11, 2011 at 03:31 PM
It doesn't matter at all what I believe. What matters is that voters and taxpayers don't care. Town Hall is an open cash drawer and taxpayers just keep filling it up. Realistically, as long as it's there for the taking why bother to stop?
Dom DeCicco December 11, 2011 at 04:01 PM
It might be time to start using the room over at the library and discussing important issues such as these. A diverse group can offer maore than a group only informed in one area of public issue. I'll make the time. First topic could be based on something like: where we went wrong in history on a local, state, and federal level.
George E. Mulligan December 12, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Thanks' Jeze comment: "What matters is that voters & taxpayers don't care. Town Hall is an open cash drawer & taxpayers just keep filling it up. Realistically, as long as it's there for the taking why bother to stop?" Thanks Dom: "start using the room over at the library and discussing important issues such as these. A diverse group can offer more than a group only informed in one area of public issue. I'll make the time. First topic could be based on something like: where we went wrong in history on a local, state, and federal level." There is a cost associated with the Lovell Room Rooms in Library Basement & Baldwin Center can be free. Nights are difficult for Senior Citizens. Weekends have limited hours. Christmas shopping / family events will impact attendance. New Year it will be cold / weather issues likely. It also takes a little time to organize and try to build a turn out. Getting Press to cover a group of 20 or more, could be good. Tea Party & OWS are at opposite ends of desired policy changes, yet are confluent in feeling government is corrupt. Perhaps blogging can organize an agenda / platform?

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