NORWALK, Conn. — Some little items for you:
- SoNo Collection stats
- OPM compares mill rate data
- ‘Motion to go woo-woo’
Calls to police, calls for a ride
The first 10 days of The SoNo Collection resulted in 13 Norwalk Police Department calls for service, Lt. Terrance Blake said.
That’s from Oct. 11 to Oct. 21. “These calls range from medical assists, larcenies, alarms, lost property and suspicious persons,” he wrote Tuesday.
A mall retail employee told NancyOnNorwalk this week that the structure has high definition cameras covering just about every square inch. There are some people coming into the city to check out the mall’s vulnerabilities, but they aren’t getting very far, according to the employee.
Then there’s Wheels2U, the currently free on-demand microtransit service operating Thursday through Saturday evenings and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday in Norwalk’s urban areas. This is what evolved from talk of a circulator when the mall was in its early stages of the approval process; basically, it’s a large van. You schedule your ride via an app.
The first weekend, from Oct. 10-13, there were more than 39 riders on Wheels2U traveling to and from The SoNo Collection, according to “As more stores continue to come on board, they anticipate seeing this climbing higher,” he wrote on Oct. 16.
The second weekend, from Oct. 17-21, there were more than 63 riders used Wheels 2U to travel to and from the SoNo Collection, he said.
State mill rates
Compared to other Connecticut cities, Norwalk’s mill rate is low.
That’s the gist of an Oct. 12 Patch article, which features information provided by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. Here’s a sampling of information:
- Hartford 74.29
- Waterbury 60.21
- East Hartford 49.11
- Bridgeport 53.99
- New Haven 42.98
- New London 39.9
- East Haven 32.42
- Milford 27.71
- Danbury 27.6
- Stamford “A” 26.35
- Stamford “B” 25.64
- Stamford “C” 25.33
- Stamford “CS” 25.77
- Norwalk 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts 23.315
Kudos for Biagiarelli
Norwalk Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli got an unusual reaction in September when she delivered her monthly report to the Common Council Finance Committee.
“Would be very appropriate to say Woo-woo?” Finance Committee Chairman Greg Burnett (D-At Large) asked.
Norwalk had collected 99.4% of the actual adjusted levy in the 14-month period auditors were looking at and “that’s actually a very good rate for a levy that’s as high as ours,” she had said.
Yes, he could say “Woo-woo,” she said, suggesting that he do it again.
“Make a motion to go ‘woo-woo,’” he joked.
“We also are starting to now think about the second installment billing which if you remember I usually try to get that done around November, around Thanksgiving time,” she said. “Get it in the mail by the second week of December, because we don’t want people spending their holiday money.”
And, “It was a very clean collection. There were no major issues, there were no major problems,” she said.
The tax sale will be in July and, “We’re starting to come up with what we think our criteria might be,” she said. “We’re probably going to want to do very similar to what we did last time to try to get in about $5 million on the sale.”
Burnett thanked her for her work and said, “Let’s hit 99.5 next year.”
The October Committee meeting was cancelled.
Biagiarelli’s Oct. 10 memo gives an update:
“As of the end of September 2019, three months into our new fiscal year, we had collected more than $173 million, or 52.37% of our $330 million adjusted tax levy. In addition, as of the end of September, 2019, we collected more than $8 million of our sewer use levy, or 48.31%. We also collected 74.56% of the year’s IPP (Industrial Pretreatment Program) fee on behalf of the Water Pollution Control Authority. Compared with the prior fiscal year, our tax collection rate is slightly behind by 0.19%.
“With regard to prior years’ collections, through the month of September 2019, we showed a net collection of more than $1.5 million in back taxes, interest, lien fees and other fees.”