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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

OIB Poll: Bridgeport’s Most Critical Issue

May 19th, 2015 · 33 Comments · City Budget, Development and Zoning, Education, Law Enforcement

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City Hall And OATS, General Lee Tells Council To Be Budget Maneaters

May 19th, 2015 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee often encourages City Council members to eat their OATs–open, accountable, transparent–while reviewing the city budget. In his latest address to the council Monday night, Lee suggests they coulda cut the budget they approved recently. From Lee: The budget for the 2015-16 that the Mayor presented to you in a […]

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City Council Approves Budget, No Tax Increase

May 11th, 2015 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

The City Council Monday night by an 18-2 vote approved the no-tax-increase budget proposed by Mayor Bill Finch in a municipal election year. Councilors Enrique Torres and Bob Halstead voted against the budget.

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City Council Committee Approves Budget–McCarthy: No Tax Increase

May 9th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Budget, City Council

UPDATE: The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Friday night approved the majority of Mayor Bill Finch’s no-tax-increase spending plan adding $1 million for reading and math interventionists and nurses at every school, according to City Council President Tom McCarthy. Generally what’s concluded in committee is a done deal in what has been a quiet […]

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City Council Rejects Tax Break, Plus: Lee On Budget: ‘Half Truths Of Padding, Ghost Employees And Half Stories’

May 5th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Update: votes against. In a rare vote against Mayor Bill Finch Monday night the City Council torpedoed a proposed tax break for a developer. Prior to the council meeting citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee, considering a run for City Council, addressed the legislative and budget body as a whole Monday night, “the last chance […]

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Did Ya Take The Mayor’s Call?

April 30th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: By the time this election year wraps up, some residents will likely be tired of seeing Mayor Bill Finch out and about, holding news conferences, attending events and courting votes.

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The Challenge Of Funding Schools

April 23rd, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Election years are generally all about taxes and the budget. Mayor Bill Finch has submitted a $532 million no-tax-increase spending plan to the City Council. Is enough being done to fully fund city schools? Superintendent of Schools Fran Rabinowitz addressed the council on Wednesday.

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John Marshall Lee’s Quest For Answers (And Eating OATS) On The City Council

April 21st, 2015 · 21 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

For several years, community fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has been a painstaking presence at City Council meetings haranguing councilors on open and accountable government, fund balances, audits, financial reports, spending and taxes. He asks questions, but fields no answers to his satisfaction. Now he’s decided to be the guy to provide answers to the […]

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