West Hartford Budget Vote Date Change...

West Hartford Budget Vote Date Changed To Avoid Rosh Hashana

There are 38 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Aug 12, 2008, titled West Hartford Budget Vote Date Changed To Avoid Rosh Hashana. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

30 to Oct. 7 to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashana. Town lawyers found a 31-year-old Rhode Island case that mirrored West Hartford 's situation and gave council members the grounds for a one-time waiver of the ...

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Mr delay

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#21 Aug 14, 2008
West Hartford 6 wrote:
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Of more concern is; was the reval done properly for commercial property?
It is hard to believe that some commercial properties have actually dropped in value.
West Hartford actual numbers for 2006 West Farms Mall (portion in WH) 04 grans list 23.8 05 grand list 15.6 just an example of what was done. I have no idea why and a lowly taxpayer has no way to get answers, just a runaround.
This single taxpayer received an approximate $300,000 tax reduction.
Can anyone help with an answer as to why their taxable amount dropped some 35%.
Mr delay

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#22 Aug 14, 2008
To clarify, 04 grand list was 23.8 million and the 05 grand list is 15.6 million.
Someone got taken and we need answers.
Mr delay

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#23 Aug 14, 2008
ERROR, please ignore the numbers relating to the West Farms Mall. It should be 15.6 million for 1995 and 23.8 million for 2006, a property value increase of only 8.2 million (app. 33%) for the 10 year period. In just 5 years (not 10) many homes doubled. I guess homes are a much better investment than Malls.
Sorry for any congusion.
Hartford Fan

Gales Ferry, CT

#24 Aug 15, 2008
The town should come clean with all income and expendures. In return the top members of the WHTA should provide a complete personal budget so the residents can review both for waste. At that point the town can be told what areas to cut and the lifestyle (one income, private school, mortgage, vehicle driven) etc can be reviewed and I can decide how to vote in the referendum
Bill Generous

Topsham, ME

#25 Aug 15, 2008
Raucous wrote:
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If more people vote in Nov than would on Oct, it is not fair to assume that all the additional voters are not knowledgeable about the issue. If more people vote in Nov than would have in Oct, and even if some who vote don't know the issue well, more of the people who are informed will be voting and that is good for democracy and
WH.
I am aware that business values declined and that bothers me, too.
I think it is fair to assume that as a group, those who only vote in presidential elections are less knowledgeable about town issues than those who also vote on town budgets and/or municipal elections. Assuming the town wins legislative approval (not easily done) for a Nov. budget referendum date, the town should make a concerted effort to inform residents that a budget vote will also take place that day. I'm all for greater voter participation in any type of vote, but just make the effort to ensure the voters show up at least aware of what they are voting on.
Raucous

Denver, CO

#26 Aug 15, 2008
Bill Generous wrote:
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I think it is fair to assume that as a group, those who only vote in presidential elections are less knowledgeable about town issues than those who also vote on town budgets and/or municipal elections. Assuming the town wins legislative approval (not easily done) for a Nov. budget referendum date, the town should make a concerted effort to inform residents that a budget vote will also take place that day. I'm all for greater voter participation in any type of vote, but just make the effort to ensure the voters show up at least aware of what they are voting on.
OK, true, but does that mean you are more inclined to hold the election at a time when fewer people are likely to show up?
WH Resident

Brookfield, CT

#27 Aug 15, 2008
Hartford Fan wrote:
The town should come clean with all income and expendures. In return the top members of the WHTA should provide a complete personal budget so the residents can review both for waste. At that point the town can be told what areas to cut and the lifestyle (one income, private school, mortgage, vehicle driven) etc can be reviewed and I can decide how to vote in the referendum
the town's "income" comes from our tax payments so we should have a say in how it is spent...the WHTA top members' income is from what they personally earn so what right do we have to tell them how to spend their money...so I don't get your point in wanting to review their lifestyles for waste
Bill Generous

Topsham, ME

#28 Aug 15, 2008
Raucous wrote:
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OK, true, but does that mean you are more inclined to hold the election at a time when fewer people are likely to show up?
My issue is not just about how many will show up, but will those that show up even know that they will be voting on a budget as well. The town should and could do something about that if it comes to pass. If the town always voted on next year's town budget the November before, I would be fine with that from a participation perspective (although there would be too many budgetary unknowns with such an early vote). Also, I'm not sure I would want a precendent sent that is OK for a town to delay a budget vote even further (and beyond the town charter limit)when the fiscal year started 7/1. I have to admit, it would be an interesting experiment to see what a budget vote on a presidential election date would produce. With regard to the actual budget, I think it will be much ado about nothing as I do not think the Town Council will reduce their adopted budget any more than $500K(about 0.23%)if it failed.
Hartford Fan

Gales Ferry, CT

#29 Aug 15, 2008
WH Resident wrote:
<quoted text>the town's "income" comes from our tax payments so we should have a say in how it is spent...the WHTA top members' income is from what they personally earn so what right do we have to tell them how to spend their money...so I don't get your point in wanting to review their lifestyles for waste
Does the sub-prime mess mean anything to you? People live beyond their means, we pay for their lifestyle through bank fees, interest rates, etc.
Hartford Fan

Gales Ferry, CT

#30 Aug 15, 2008
WH Resident wrote:
<quoted text>the town's "income" comes from our tax payments so we should have a say in how it is spent...the WHTA top members' income is from what they personally earn so what right do we have to tell them how to spend their money...so I don't get your point in wanting to review their lifestyles for waste
Since your post came at 1:00, you either do not work (taxes paid) or use your work computer for personal business, costing your customers money
My West Hartford

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#31 Aug 15, 2008
Hartford Fan wrote:
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Since your post came at 1:00, you either do not work (taxes paid) or use your work computer for personal business, costing your customers money
I must comment, a persons personal info is their business and none of yours or anyone elses. Every taxpayer has the right to know how how their Gov't is spending their dollars.
If we don't like it there are actions that can be taken to make change. That's called Democracy.
Hartford Fan

Gales Ferry, CT

#32 Aug 15, 2008
Taxpayers are bailing out all of these people, so I do have a right to know this information so I can make an informed decision.
Raucous

Denver, CO

#33 Aug 15, 2008
Hartford Fan wrote:
Taxpayers are bailing out all of these people, so I do have a right to know this information so I can make an informed decision.
You pay higher health insurance premiums because more Americans need medical care. Does that give you the right to inspect their individual medical records?
My West Hartford

AOL

#34 Aug 15, 2008
Hartford Fan wrote:
Taxpayers are bailing out all of these people, so I do have a right to know this information so I can make an informed decision.
I thik they may also be taxpayers if they own property? Your making your decision based on the messenger and not on the message, sorry but that dosen't make much sense to me.
Hartford Fan

Gales Ferry, CT

#35 Aug 15, 2008
Raucous wrote:
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You pay higher health insurance premiums because more Americans need medical care. Does that give you the right to inspect their individual medical records?
If they are trying to prevent my obtainning health insurance publicly as their budget methods, yes I do
Hartford Fan

Gales Ferry, CT

#36 Aug 15, 2008
My West Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>I thik they may also be taxpayers if they own property? Your making your decision based on the messenger and not on the message, sorry but that dosen't make much sense to me.
I see you can not answer my question. If you bring yourself into the public eye, you are open for inspection, otherwise let us ignore John Rowland, Chris Dodd, Edwards ie
Hartford Fan

Gales Ferry, CT

#37 Aug 15, 2008
No need to respond to me, as I have to work now, so I can pay my taxes
Johnny Anelove

Gales Ferry, CT

#38 Aug 17, 2008
No Sanctuary

Hartford's city council voted unanimously [Monday] to make Hartford a sanctuary city for illegal aliens.

While crime is rampant and children are being shot in their strollers, the best that the city council can come up with is to invite illegal aliens to come to Hartford and have all of their social services paid for by state taxpayers, who continually pour more money into Hartford's treasury. Somehow these elected officials think this action is going to benefit the city, and propel it into being a premier place to live and work....

A note to Gov. Rell and federal authorities:

I think that if this ordinance goes forward that Hartford should not receive a dime of federal or state funding for aiding and abetting those who choose to break federal law regarding illegal immigration. The state and federal government should cease funding cities who choose to provide sanctuary to illegal aliens. Period.

Judy Aron, West Hartford

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