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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

For Flatto’s Department, An Achievement In Financial Reporting

October 11th, 2018 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

It’s not exactly sexy work, and often dizzying crunching budget numbers trying to explain to community watchdogs and City Council members what the financial documents mean. Finance Director Ken Flatto’s department has been awarded, among other U.S. municipalities, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for the Comprehensive Annual […]

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OIB Poll: Is City Policy For Parade Costs Fair?

September 15th, 2018 · 19 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

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Italian Iced–City’s Cop Costs Force Columbus Parade To Shelton

September 15th, 2018 · 31 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Community-organized parades and non-profit festivals must reinvent themselves, especially when high security costs become a factor. Organizers of the century-long Columbus weekend festivities, citing cop overtime details, are moving the October street parade from Madison Avenue to suburban-like Shelton where Mayor Mark Lauretti, who has deep roots in Bridgeport and served as the parade’s grand marshal […]

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For The Love Of Money, Taxpayer Money

June 19th, 2018 · 6 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

In what was Tom McCarthy’s likely final City Council meeting, a constant presence for many of those years, fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, barked out a series of questions to members of the legislative body during the public speaking portion of the evening, wondering if proper attention is spent on the expenditure of taxpayer dough.

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If Only They Could Print Money

June 6th, 2018 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council

In his Monday address to the City Council, citizen budget scrutineer John Marshall Lee highlighted taxpayer savings, including the city print shop, declaring “Perhaps we should outsource this City function and see if there is a savings of at least $150,000 to $200,000 ANNUALLY?”

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Education Reform Group Hosts Council Members At Forum

June 1st, 2018 · No Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

City Council members Karen Jackson, Kyle Langan and Maria Valle on Thursday participated in a forum hosted by the education reform group FaithActs for Education where they answered questions about the city budget and education funding. Video from event above. News release from organization follows.

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Debating A Municipal Review Board

May 22nd, 2018 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee addressed the City Council Monday night raising questions about the benefits of a state authorized financial review board for the city. Last week your Budget and Appropriations Committee listened to Ben Barnes from the State share information about the Municipal Accountability Review Board (MARB) program available to eligible cities […]

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Mil Rate On Council Agenda

May 20th, 2018 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

The City Council Monday night is scheduled to establish the mil rates for the budget year starting July 1 after approving a spending plan that calls for no tax increase. The item is listed for immediate consideration on the Monday night agenda. See here. The tax rate for real estate and personal property is 54.37. […]

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