From the Boston Globe: Error on Brockton tax bills inflates property sizes, infuriates residents. This latest mistake from City Hall has prompted concern from residents that Brockton officials just can’t get it right.
Read the full story by Michele Morgan Bolton below on Boston.com
TAX BILL MISTAKE BAFFLES BROCKTON RESIDENTS
Brockton residents protest Mayor Balzotti and "The Slippery Six" Brockton City Councilors at City Hall Inauguration Day. (Click the photo to see the story at EnterpriseNews.com)
BROCKTON RESIDENTS RON MATTA, RICHARD ZACCARO AND WAYNE TARTAGLIA WERE AMONG THE PROTESTERS OUTSIDE OF BROCKTON CITY HALL
He wants a new chief financial officer for Brockton. She thinks the one in place is doing a great job. He wants to get rid of the desalination plant and the contract the city has with it. She wants to keep it around for a not-so-rainy day.
He’s Ron Matta, and she’s Mayor Linda Balzotti – and they both want your vote for mayor next week.
CLICK ABOVE TO READ ENTERPRISE ARTICLES ON BOTH CANDIDATES
Ron Matta asks Brockton CFO John Condon the $122 million dollar question! Where is the money?!
“The City of Brockton, being a $600 million corporation, needs to have more than just a part-time city solicitor,” she said. “It sounds like he (Nessralla) didn’t have the proper time to do the due diligence on this to get the correct ruling from the state.” - Kate Archard (Candidate for Brockton City Councilor at Large)
Click the title to read the full story in the August 3, 2011 edition of The Brockton Enterprise.
Brockton Chief Financial Officer John Condon said that Rox Stadium was built primarily for image when he was on The Big Show with Ron Van Dam. What about the image of the rest of our city? How much is Rox Stadium costing all of us?
"Brockton has $122 million dollars of cash and investments in the bank - Call the following councilors and ask them to repeal their vote that raised real estate taxes by 9% per thousand in the city." - Richard Zaccarro (concerned Brockton resident)
Tom Brophy (508) 587-4875
Tim Cruise (508) 587-0871
Chris Macmillan (508) 588-4753
Tom Monahan (508) 897-1311
Todd Petti (508) 588-3470
Paul Studenski (508) 584-9029
"Go ahead, make my day. Call the six city councilors who voted for this tax increase and ask that they repeal it." - Richard Zaccarro
Read Richard Zaccaro's letter to Mayor Balzotti on the status of the D.W. Field Trust Fund
August 20, 2009: Read the letter from Brockton CFO John Condon urging City Council to raise the Hotel/Motel Tax. 90% OF THIS TAX IS ALREADY COMMITTED TO THE ROX STADIUM. Not having these tax dollars available is already costing us in other areas of the city! Places like D.W. Field Park, etc.
"What I think is most important is that they* trust what they* hear from me." ~City of Brockton Chief Financial Officer John Condon.
*Brockton City Council and the public.
In the video the CFO claims the city has limited financial options yet Brockton has $122 million dollars in the bank and a crumbling infrastructure. Should we continue to invest these funds on Wall Street or should we move them back to Main Street to invest in our own quality of life in Brockton? Watch the video, you decide.
Of the 351 towns and cities in the CommonwealthBrockton ranks 8th in cash and investments (see the 2010 document below) yet Brockton also ranks 321 out of 351 in per capita income of the poorest communities of the Commonwealth. (According to: Mass DOR Municipal Data Sheets) Who is benefiting from these huge cash reserves? Watch the video, you decide.
Page 18 of the 2010 financial statement lists that there is over $122 million in cash and investments - not buildings - not pensions - yet the CFO says its not really there. Watch the video and read the document, then you decide!
Click to watch City of Brockton Chief Financial Officer John Condon on The Ron Van Dam Show above.
The data in the below chart from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue lists all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth with their schedule of cash and investments. Of these 351 cities and towns listed, the City of Brockton ranks 8th in ending balance of cash and investments for 2009.
Yet out of 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth Brockton ranks 321st in per capita income.
How has Brockton has been able to maintain this level of cash regardless of the economic conditions for ten straight years?
THE CITY OF BROCKTON HAS $122 MILLION IN THE BANK!
Richard Zaccaro made an appearance on The Ron Van Dam show. Zaccaro is concerned about the direction of Brockton
Document - September 17, 2001: Mayor Yunits wrote himself a blank check to fund The Rox Stadium in the haze of 9/11 when Brockton taxpayers, the media, and the rest of America were grieving.
"Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project"