Danbury Wants More Money (How?)

The Danbury City Council will hear a proposal Tuesday night that asks Finance Director David St. Hilaire to figure out ways to raise more money.

Nobody wants higher real estate taxes, but the city needs more money, so perhaps the city can raise money through unusual means, Mayor Mark Boughton said Monday.

He will ask the City Council Tuesday night to give Finance Director David St. Hilarie the task of finding more money through unusual means.

"Are we really using all of the city's assets appropriately," Boughton asked.

He said one idea he heard was to create an economic opportunity zone around the Danbury Municipal Airport that would encourage development and eventually more taxes from that city land.

Other towns rent space for public events, and Danbury does that through its building use policies, Boughton said. New ideas are needed.

"I need them to look at the whole range of options," Boughton said. "This is not necessarily to raise fees or property taxes."

Boughton said he expects the Danbury Municipal Airport Task Force to make its recommendations in writing within two weeks. He said ideas might come out of that in addition to the enterprise zone mentioned above.

Boughton said this new revenue is needed because next year's budget is in trouble. He said one problem is the city's insurance carrier is talking about a 26 percent increase, which will cost the city almost $9 million extra next year.

"That's before oil costs and pensions are figured in," Boughton said. "It's going to be a rough year."

FriendlyCritic February 05, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I love confusing run-on sentences, especially when they're the lede!
g February 05, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Automation? Tax collection would cost about 2% if credit cards were accepted, and allow less staff. Online filing for permits could also help cut costs, and provide an electronic audit through the permit process. A town kiosk in the mall open for most people to pick up or file permits, pay taxes, or whatever town business needs to be conduction could reduce congestion in Danbury and allow 7 day during mall hours of operation. Danbury may want to outsource where it can. Functions such as road repair, tax collection, building maintenance. The city is used to directly hiring increasingly expensive civil servants. Outsourcing where there would be no legacy costs, could help improve our financial condition over time as legacy costs for retirement and lifetime health care could be greatly reduced. A mall kiosk could be a shared expense with other towns. There is already a DPD office in the mall, maybe partition that space a bit to reduce costs?
bordwithbs February 06, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Is it a question of raising more revenue or cutting excessive spending? It seems that the Council has it's head wrapped around some long term ideas that will not make a difference in the 2013-14 budget. The cumulative budgeting that is endemic will always add more costs each year without making fundamental assessments as to the worth of programs and expenditures. Perhaps a 26% increase in insurance costs will require a re-thinking of how many municipal employees the city needs and how much outside service contracts might reduce the cost to the taxpayers. Local, State and Federal spending needs to be addressed, replication and duplication needs to be eliminated at every level of government. The regionalization and condensation of government will take place if the people demand it, and essential services do not need to be reduced. It's time to make better choices in Danbury. It may mean new leadership.
sal March 10, 2013 at 04:21 PM
LOOK AT THE ROADS IN DANBURY where is all the money going?


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