What’s in the city budget and who’s getting paid? City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee provides a primer to City Council members where taxpayer money is spent–in case councilors are not paying attention–in his latest address to the budget and legislative body. Money makes the world go around, and that is true for Bridgeport, too. […]
Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'
March 21st, 2015 · 10 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events
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March 12th, 2015 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events
Former city councilman and school board member Pat Crossin, who waged a courageous struggle with lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, passed away Thursday morning. Crossin owned and operated Phillips Fuel Systems on the city’s West Side. He was 60.
March 2nd, 2015 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council
In about four weeks Mayor Bill Finch will submit his proposed budget to the City Council for the spending year starting July 1 as he seeks a third four-year term with the specter of city revaluation of taxable property kicking in next year. Finch did not raise taxes in 2011, his last election-year budget. This […]
March 2nd, 2015 · 15 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events
City Council President Tom McCarthy Saturday night was inducted into the Notre Dame High School Alumni Hall of Fame recognizing “individuals who have through their performance, conduct, and achievement, brought credit and honor to themselves and the Notre Dame community.”
February 23rd, 2015 · 17 Comments · City Budget, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics
State Senate candidate Ricky DeJesus owes the city roughly $140,000 in personal property taxes. He also owed a whole bunch more in real estate taxes sold off in tax lien sales. In this story CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart explains why the city did not go after him for collection of back personal property taxes. […]
February 19th, 2015 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events
Unless you’re passionate about numbers, statistics, line items, surpluses, deficits and more, analyzing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report can cause eyes to glaze over quickly. Fire up the espresso machine! City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has arguably spent more time than anyone else on the planet reviewing Bridgeport government financials as a civilian taxpayer. […]
February 18th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Education
Municipal budgets are often at the mercy of state spending. Governor Dan Malloy’s budget proposal will certainly engage education advocates upset about flat funding of traditional education while increasing support to charter schools that operate independently from traditional school districts. Malloy’s budget is now in the hands of the state legislature.
January 28th, 2015 · 60 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education
In what could be a prelude to another run for mayor this year, 2011 Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster cites “examples of the cultural DNA of political corruption that has wholly permeated and consumed the operations of this administration.” From Foster: Mayor Bill Finch needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror before […]