#City & Town Planning
Mayor of Bridgeport, CT
United States of America

Bridgeport, CT's Proposed 2009 Budget constitutes many changes and hardships for citizens in an already stressed community.

According to the budget, 43 newly civilianized staff that will operate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) even though though the budget has scaled back funding for public library services, eliminates 19 positions in the Public Health Nursing Program, eliminates the general fund school based program, dental hygiene and reduces the nursing staff by half, budgetary reduction of 1/3 of staff funding, reduction of 25 positions, eliminates 87 direct line positions and accounts. Budget calls for a 4-mill tax hike or a 9 percent increase in taxes. As far as education, 7.4 teaching positions are not funded in the mayor's budget, and 41 new positions could not be filled.

The budget allows to provide sanitation services including garbage collection, bulk trash pickup, leaf removal, and recycling to our residents. Beyond regular trash pickup, these additional services are by no means mandated, and they carry a cost of $6,545,327.

These costs could be reduced if residents would carry the cost of garbage removal.

We, the undersigned, call on our mayor and council members to redo the proposed budget to allocate funds in such ways that allows more for education, less reductions on jobs within the city, and allocation of funds for crucial services that impact the community positively.

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The Budget Ease for an Overwhelmed Community petition to Mayor of Bridgeport, CT was written by Amber and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.