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New Bedford Receives National Budget Award
The City of New Bedford has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its current budget by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Only 18 Massachusetts municipalities, and 1,565 entities nationwide, received the award in 2015...
Government Plan Could Save Taxpayers Money
Ward Six City Councilor Joe Lopes and Chief Financial Officer Ari Sky are working on a plan to take care of the many city owned buildings. The plan is a good one that makes sense fiscally.
Lopes and Sky have crafted a proposal to set aside money annually from the general fund to make badly needed rep…
Bond Rating Service Gives New Bedford High Marks
The City of New Bedford has maintained its AA - bond rating. The announcement came from the Standard-&-Poors Bond Rating Service. Its the highest rating the city has received since 1970.
Chief Financial Officer Ari Sky tells WBSM News, the bond rating means New Bedford is paying lower interes…
NB Fire Department Overtime Causing Concern
Overtime in the Fire Department budget is causing some financial worries at City Hall.
The overtime budget deficit is projected to be more than $1 million by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2016. Chief Financial Officer Ari Sky tells WBSM's Taylor Cormier, its not a new problem...
City of New Bedford Implements Immediate Hiring Freeze
The City of New Bedford has put a freeze on hiring for the foreseeable future.
The City's Chief Financial Officer, Ari Sky, sent a memo to department heads informing them of the hiring freeze, citing excessive snow removal costs, expiring grants, and a multitude of other expenses as the cause fo…
Mayor Pushing Energy Management Contract
It looks like Siemens Energy will have a much bigger role in saving New Bedford some money beyond L-E-D streetlights.
The city is looking to enter into an energy management services agreement with the company, which would hold Siemens to whatever energy savings they guarantee...
New Ambulances Generating More Revenue For City
The City of New Bedford has acquired two new, state-of-the-art ambulances.
Chief Financial Officer Ari Sky tells WBSM News, the city has purchased two new vehicles in each of the past two years.
That added revenue says Sky, has helped to offset the cost of the new vehicles, saving taxpayers some money…

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