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Residents Bring Forth Concerns at Budget Hearing

Encourage funding for disability access, schools, safer streets

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 26, 2015 At 09:00 AM

The City’s budgets have been laid out, and now its up to the Board of Finance and Board of Representatives to say what does or doesn’t get cut. 18 residents spoke at a public hearing for the Mayor’s proposed $530 million budget Tuesday night, and there were some common themes to their concerns. Approving funding to make the city more accessible for people with disabilities was one of them. Several residents spoke up spoke in favor of keeping money in the budget to make sure the City is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Safety concerns were brought up as well. A recent stabbing on Bedford Street, resulting in the death of a 52 year old man, had business owners asking for police foot patrols downtown.

And nearly half of those who spoke at Tuesday’s hearing were in favor of the $258 million Board of Education budget; citing overcrowding, poor building quality, and a lack of resources for students as major issues.

While the City’s Boards can only cut from the budget, they have a lot to think about. You may submit written testimony to Lorraine Gilden, Clerk of the Board, via e-mail at lgilden@stamfordct.gov. Call 203-977-4699 for further information on how to submit written testimony.

To see a video of the hearing, visit http://www.stamfordct.gov/board-of-finance/news/2015-2016-budget-hearing


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