Friday, July 31, 2015

2011: How god-awful (or awesome) was it?

In this week's It's Our Money podcast, reporters Holly Otterbein and Doron Taussig bicker about whether 2011 was a good year or not. On the bright side, City Council reformed both the zoning code and the horribly-named business-privilege tax. But from the glass-half-empty perspective, there were huge School District cuts, the $905,000 buyout of ex-Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, the property-tax hike, Congressman Pat Meehan's new 7th district, a scandal involving the former chair of the School Reform Commission, and ... you get the idea. Listen here. Follow us on Twitter and review city services on our sister site, City Howl.

2011: How god-awful (or awesome) was it?

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In this week's It's Our Money podcast, reporters Holly Otterbein and Doron Taussig bicker about whether 2011 was a good year or not.

On the bright side, City Council reformed both the zoning code and the horribly-named business-privilege tax. But from the glass-half-empty perspective, there were huge School District cuts, the $905,000 buyout of ex-Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, the property-tax hike, Congressman Pat Meehan's new 7th district, a scandal involving the former chair of the School Reform Commission, and ... you get the idea.

Listen here.

Follow us on Twitter and review city services on our sister site, City Howl.

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