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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Lee To City Council: Follow The Money

March 21st, 2015 · 10 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

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. […]

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Pat Crossin, Former City Councilor And School Board Member

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.

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How Will Finch And City Council Handle Election-Year Budget?

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 […]

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Tom McCarthy Joins Notre Dame High School Hall Of Fame

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.”

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Why State Senate Candidate Ricky DeJesus’ Tax Delinquency Swelled

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. […]

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Have You Read The Audit?

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. […]

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You Happy About Malloy’s Budget Proposal?

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.

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Foster Hits Finch On Hypocrisy

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 […]

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