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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

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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Wyman: We’re All In This Together, Offers To Buy Foley A Ticket To Wisconsin Moment

September 13th, 2014 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

Addressing an eclectic configuration of roughly 50 city Democrats, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman on Saturday drew a contrast between Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and incumbent Dan Malloy whom she described as a “guy who has a heart of gold who leads with his heart and his head … If Foley wants a Wisconsin moment,”  […]

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Debating Tax Incentives To Encourage Development

September 9th, 2014 · 16 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Several City Council members such as Trish Swain and Rick Torres, in a story by Brian Lockhart of the CT Post, wonder how much money the city is leaving on the table because of tax breaks. Then again, how much would the city lose by not offering developers incentives?

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