Town Committee Meeting Is Thursday September 12th At NBPD Community Room
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will meet on Thursday, September 12th, at 7:30 p.m. at the New Britain Police Department’s Community Room, 10 Chestnut Street.
The agenda includes new nominations for a Board of Assessment Appeal seat and for Constable to fill vacancies that occurred after the July 18th endorsement meeting.
Democrats will also hear a report on property taxes and a campaign update, including plans for October 4th and October 13th DTC fundraising events and get-out-the-vote activities. All are welcome.
Ward One Council Nominee Sharon Rodrigue-Baretta To Hold Thursday, 9/12, Fundraiser
Ward One Common Council Candidate Sharon Rodrigue-Baretta’s supporters will hold a fundraiser on Thursday, September 12th at Whinstone Tavern, Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Road. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and the suggested donation is $25.
Rodrigue-Baretta brings extensive community involvement and neighborhood activism to her campaign for the Common Council in Ward One — a district that includes the NBHS, Vance Village and Slade Middle School polling places.
She has served on the Community and Neighborhood Development Commission, the Environmental Task Force and currently is a member of the Fairview Cemetery Commission. Rodrigue-Baretta is also active in the East Side NRZ, the League of Women Voters and the CPOA. She participates in the Community Gardens initiative , Rebuilding Together recently joined the PAL Board of Directors.
Thursday’s reception is a Sharon L. Rodrigue-Baretta For Council event. The Committee Treasurer is AnnaMarie Cassone, 14 Landers Avenue, New Britain 06051
From NB Politicus
The Big Lie on Taxes From Team Stewart and NB Republicans
Statements coming out of the mouths of Republicans in New Britain these days on property taxes are about as false and misleading as it gets. The phony refrains on taxes are a stretch even for the partisan sniping that is the New Britain Republican Party’s stock in trade.
It’s one thing to oppose first-term Mayor Tim O’Brien on fiscal priorities, but the GOP mayoral nominee and her cohorts are fabricating property tax increases where they do not exist. “These tax hikes, spending hikes, and borrowing hikes will never end as long as this current mayor is in office,” Erin Stewart told the New Britain Herald in a September 5th story not long after she supported spending hikes and borrowing hikes as a member of the Board of Education. Maybe she was for those new and much-needed school books before she was against them.
Republican Council candidate Carmelo Rodriguez, Jr., in the September 8th Herald, said Democrats on the Common Council “have lost credibility with the people because they say they did not raise taxes. But, the numbers reflect something different.” Mr. Rodriguez may begin to question his own credibility once he actually talks to most of his neighbors or bothers to look up the numbers that are a matter of public record.
Unfortunately, the new Team Stewart is sounding a lot like the old Team Stewart with a heavy dose of tax-cut demagoguery and an aversion to the truth. The campaign gambit is to falsely pin all the blame on O’Brien who took office in November 2011 facing structural deficits and an out of balance municipal budget. It took O’Brien several months just to sort out a fiscal mess caused by his predecessor. Meanwhile, the new Team Stewart is laying 100 percent of the responsibility for regressive, state-mandated auto taxes on the incumbent. Funny how the state and not the local administration was blamed when a previous mayor named Tim occupied the corner office at City Hall. And I thought elephants had good memories.
Current assessment data for New Britain documents just how false the Republican claims are on property taxes “going up” in the aftermath of state-mandated revaluation. The Assessor’s Office and the revaluation firm retained by the city last year based assessments on the sales market values from October 2011 to October 2012 for the new values. The burst of the housing bubble here and everywhere over the last five years can be seen in the numbers. Across-the-board drops in assessments meant there was less value to tax and consequently tax bills decreased for every property that declined in value by more than 17%.
Of more than 9,000 single-family homes in New Britain, there was an average decrease of $134; 6,972 homeowners (77%) are paying less on a mill rate of 44.12; 2,076 pay slightly more or about the same because their home values did not drop as much as others. For two and three-family houses the property tax decreases are even more dramatic. Of 2,711 two-family residences 2,479 (91%) experienced lower tax bills; 232 did not. The average change is a decrease in taxes of $546. Of 1,582 three-family dwellings 1,577 (99.6%) got lower tax bills and 15 paid more. On average three-family owners are paying $1,129 less.
The new property assessments confirm that tax bills for single family, one-, two- and three-family residences decreased significantly because of the Wall-Street induced financial collapse of 2008.
Politicians of all political stripes will face challenges in maintaining essential city services and being fiscally responsible over the next two years. That’s because the current property tax system as a means of paying for schools and city services is unsustainable.
Don’t look for Team Stewart to acknowledge this reality. The intent is to dissemble and mislead on property taxes from now to November 5th.
SEE related February 6, 2013 post on Housing Bubble and Property Assessments
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