Norwalk Finance Division: Two hires, constructive report on tax collections

Norwalk Director of Administration and Budgets Tom Ellis speaks to the Board of Estimate and Taxation throughout Monday’s assembly on Zoom.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk Finance Division information for you:

  • Tom Ellis employed as new Norwalk Director of Administration and Budgets
  • Rita Nigri employed as grants administrator
  • Tax assortment price ‘holding up properly’ by COVID, Dachowitz says



Ellis employed

Tom Ellis started work Monday as Norwalk Director of Administration and Budgets, taking the position vacated when Angela Fogel exited someday earlier than October.

Ellis labored as finance director in Bethany earlier than coming right here, he instructed Board of Estimate and Taxation members Monday. Earlier than that, he was Greenwich Finance Director of Operations for 1.5 years, in line with his LinkedIn web page.

“Earlier than that, I used to be in huge banking, loads of the massive world banks for a lot of, a few years,” Ellis stated. “A few of it in New York Metropolis and a few of it in Stamford together with Morgan Stanley, Financial institution of America, the funding banking arm of that, and my final stint within the personal sector was with RBS, which is now NatWest markets.”

He was at NatWest/RBS for simply over a decade, his LinkedIn web page states.

“I’m a Norwalk resident. I reside not too removed from city corridor,” he stated, including that he has a baby attending fifth grade at Marvin Elementary Faculty.

“We went on a on a nationwide search and narrowed it down to 2 finalists. Mr. Ellis was the was the ultimate alternative,” Mayor Harry Rilling stated. “Nevertheless it simply goes to once more, our coverage of reaching out and making an attempt to convey the perfect individuals into Norwalk to assist work by the town assist get issues performed with new concepts, new ideas, new visions, and bringing us into the longer term.”

Fogel’s exit was one in all three unexplained departures from Metropolis Corridor in late summer season or early fall. Funds Analyst Angela Gencarelli and Buyer Service Supervisor Brian Avallone, each new staff, additionally left.

“I don’t give out particulars on sure personnel issues,” stated Director of Personnel and Labor Relations Ray Burney in late September.

Fogel turned director of administration and budgets in September 2018.


Nigri hopes to seek out grants

Frequent Council members voted in March to advertise Josh Morgan from communications supervisor to communications director and rent a part-time grants administrator or wrap grants writing into one other full-time worker’s job.

In December, Norwalk Chief Monetary Officer Henry Dachowitz introduced that Rita Nigri was employed to be grants administrator.

“We have been on the lookout for somebody half time and Rita defined that she retired a few years in the past however was occupied with coming again half time to maintain her fingers in it. We’re very excited to have her on board,” Dachowitz stated.

Nigri, a Milford resident, was director of the North Shore-LIJ Well being System Grants Administration Workplace for simply over three years earlier than retiring in 2016, her LinkedIn web page states. Earlier than that, she spent 17 years as assistant professor- adjunct at Albertus Magnus Faculty, Faculty of New Dimensions whereas holding different jobs, together with affiliate director of grant and contract administration for Yale College for nearly 11 years.

“She’s already coordinated with totally different departments on present grants in addition to wanting into different grants we would pursue,” Dachowitz stated.

“My background has been in medication, training, analysis. And 100 years in the past, I additionally labored in municipalities, for the Board of Ed, varied boards of training,” Nigri stated. “So I come from a broad wealth of data. And my expertise is just going to be expanded right here in Norwalk, which is a superb municipality, so far as I can see.”

The BET authorized a $2,573 expense so Nigri can entry personal funding databases. She additionally stated she’d accessed a Connecticut Council of Municipalities grant finder and tracker.

“I’m actually wanting ahead to with the ability to assist the town not solely convey in additional funding, but additionally to supply a collection of stories periodically that enable the Committees and the Metropolis to know the place they’re with their grants and what data they’ll want so as to have the ability to plan for the longer term,” she stated.


Tax collections

Tax collections are “holding up properly,” Dachowitz stated Monday.

“We now have 93 weeks that we’ve checked out, beginning with March of 20 when COVID began, and we’re up 4.4%. Which sort of is smart primarily based on the tax charges and what we’ve performed. So knock on wooden that’s holding up properly,” Dachowitz stated.

Dachowitz stated that opinion comes from his weekly evaluation of money move numbers.

Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli’s final report was Dec. 6. She wrote:

“As of the top of November 2021, representing the primary 5 months of the fiscal yr, we collected greater than $191.4 million towards our $353.7 million adjusted levy, or 54.11%. We collected 51.44% of our sewer use levy, greater than $8.4 million and 82.46% of the Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) price billing on behalf of the WPCA.

“In contrast with the prior fiscal yr, we ended the month of November 2021 barely forward with regard to taxes (1.19%), however down very barely with regard to sewer use (-0.89%), and forward with regard to the IPP price (8.61%). Once more, recall that final yr was considerably of an aberration, because the Metropolis gave taxpayers till October 1 to pay what usually is payable by August 1.”

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