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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Knock, Knock, Budget Committee, Anyone Home?

November 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has arguably attended more City Council budget committee meetings than some of its members. He chronicles the attendance records of budget committee members, including the lack of a quorum on Monday. From Lee: There is only one body in Bridgeport that is charged with looking after taxpayer dollars. It […]

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The City Council’s Higher Standard

November 4th, 2014 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee addressed the City Council Monday night, offering a question: “If you were giving yourself a report card today, what grade might you assign to your behavior and accomplishment?” From Lee: Tonight we meet on the eve of Election Day, of special importance to those running for State Office. Three […]

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Paging William Bendix, ‘What A Revolting Development This Is’

October 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council

In his latest address to the City Council Monday night that highlights the city’s legal battle over tax payments of the trash-to-energy plant run by Wheelabrator, citizen financial watchdog John Marshall Lee declares in a Life of Riley moment, ‘What a revolting development this is.” From Lee: Let’s consider the economics of Bridgeport and the […]

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IRS Considers Call To Examine City Council Stipend Expenditures

October 20th, 2014 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

An official with the Internal Revenue Service has notified Black Rock resident Jennifer Buchanan, host of the Bridgeport Now cable access show, it is considering her request for the agency to examine taxpayer-financed stipend expenditures of City Council members she claims are not ordinary in the course of their duties such as “payment to cell […]

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Torres Seeks Moratorium On Tax Breaks

October 5th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

City Councilman Rick Torres, who’s considering a third mayoral run, has submitted a resolution to the city’s legislative body that calls for a “Moratorium on Tax Abatements, Expansions and or Proliferations of any Not-For-Profit Organization.” His request will be referred to the Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee at Monday night’s City Council meeting. […]

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Debating The Need For Tax Abatements

October 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

In his latest commentary, city fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee challenges the logic of a tax break proposal on the City Council agenda for Monday night. From Lee: Residents of Bridgeport who are property owners are clamoring for economic development independent of housing that will remove from them the primary responsibility for paying City property […]

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General Lee Cautions City Council On Hurricane (Spending) Season

September 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen budget hawk John Marshall Lee issues a storm warning to the City Council in his latest address to the budget-making body Monday night. We are in the hurricane season where the storms roar up the Atlantic Coast. Combined days of rain, with high tides and wind-borne waves can damage low-lying properties and harm residents […]

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