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Get Creative, Middletown! How Can City Fill Coffers?

City employees have been tasked with searching for innovative ways to increase revenue in Middletown. We're asking you to mull it over.

 

This week in city hall, we overheard staff talking about the mayor’s request to personnel asking for creative ways to raise revenue for the city.

Some ideas floated included a local sales tax, which was quickly rejected, and increasing dog ($8) and liquor licenses ($2). But these are hardly creative and arguably wouldn’t bring in huge sums to the city’s coffers.

Other cities across the nation have increased parking fines, are charging a fee on plastic grocery bags, and are selling advertising space — on bridges and buildings.

Looks like Parks and Recreation's spring and summer brochure has gotten lean and mean, too, by taking to the web. Eliminating registration forms and placing them online has allowed the brochure to downsize from 32 pages in 2012 to 18 this year — and reduce its size from 8½ by 11 inches to half that size.

Schools have innovative ways to increase funding, by appealing to alumni donations, bake sales, and even corporate advertising, but municipality can hardly sell giant candy bars at city hall. Large companies save funds by contracting — cutting needless expenses, consolidating jobs, and saving salaries and benefit costs through attrition.

Mayor Dan Drew's task force on efficiency in government has come up with a host of solutions, including the creation of “super departments” through merging, offering retirement incentives and decreasing energy bills.

With the wealth of fertile minds in Middletown, we’re looking for your serious suggestions on how to increase city revenue without raising taxes.

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William Wilson February 08, 2013 at 07:50 PM
My advice would to spend less which would bring industry and businesses to Middletown.
Micki Charton February 09, 2013 at 12:21 AM
How about the same subject that comes up continually...bring in a big box store. You will get people in droves for sure AND they pay taxes!
Cassandra Day February 09, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Thanks for the ideas, folks! Keep them coming!
Arthur Fonzarelli February 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Bring a Casino to Middletown. Have the Middletown Press do a positive story on Dan Drew that compares him to Jesus Christ. Have a walkathon. Bring more business to the area, but 'shhhhh' don't tell Ed4Ed because he will start a blog. Finally, give less to the BOE or let them show us the lines items for all their purchases.
jim hartzell April 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM
1- Spend less 2- Do more for Small Business 3- Cut taxes (No city, town, state or Country has EVER taxed itself into prosperity!)

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