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Daily Voice Leaders: Joseph P. Ganim, Mayor Of Bridgeport

Daily Voice recently sat down for a video interview with Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim.
Daily Voice recently sat down for a video interview with Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim. Video Credit: Daily Voice

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim discussed the recent controversial property tax increases in the city and his decision to run for mayor in 2015, all during a recent Daily Voice video interview.

Speaking to the property tax increases, which have angered some owners of residential properties, Ganim said most homeowners did not see an increase in property taxes this year.

“A majority of residential homeowners in the City of Bridgeport got a tax cut this year or their property taxes stayed the same,” Ganim said. “Some went up and the majority of those that went up … not by large amount. And then there was a small percent of residential homeowners —especially in the Black Rock area — that went up more than anyone else’s."

But Ganim said, “Their values are the highest, and they’ve had the best increase or the lowest decrease in value since 2008.” Ganim said home values can change “dramatically” over eight years.

On his 2015 mayoral campaign, Ganim said it wasn’t easy to decide whether to run.

“It was a tough analysis,” he said. “But at the end of the day there were things going on in the city that challenged me intellectually to say, ‘I should do this’ and ‘I can do a better job.’”

Watch the Daily Voice video above for the full interview.

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