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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

The Meaning Of Second Chances?

April 3rd, 2018 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

City fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee, in an address to the City Council Monday night, wonders if Mayor Joe Ganim has made the most out of a second chance opportunity. This morning we awakened to a late spring season snow storm. And by this evening most of the evidence from Mother Nature has disappeared courtesy […]

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Mayor To Submit Budget To Council

March 30th, 2018 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday is expected to submit his budget proposal to the City Council for the spending year starting July 1. It will be referred to the Budget & Appropriations Committee for review and action. Ganim is running for governor so a tax increase would undercut a fiscal message on the campaign trail. […]

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… Meanwhile, General Lee Points Out A Meeting Convergence

March 30th, 2018 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City fiscal hawk John Marshall Lee has dug talons into Monday’s calendar. Monday at 6:30 p.m. the Democratic Town Committee is scheduled to meet at Testo’s Restaurant to approve delegates to the state party convention in May. At 7 p.m., in City Hall, the City Council is scheduled to meet. Except half of the city’s […]

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Lotsa Questions–Does City Council Have Answers?

March 20th, 2018 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee speaks regularly during the public discussion portion of City Council meetings. He comes armed with numerous questions about spending. Lee’s Monday night address to the council: When you listen to taxpayers complain about increasing taxes, or about big increases what is your gut reaction as a representative of the […]

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Capital Improvement Plan Headed To City Council

March 4th, 2018 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

About four weeks from presenting a spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, Mayor Joe Ganim  will submit a “Proposed Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023,” according to the agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting. See agenda here. It will be referred to the Budget & Appropriations Committee.

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School Board Wants Surplus

February 14th, 2018 · 15 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

On Monday Mayor Joe Ganim announced a surplus of roughly $4.6 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017. A few hours later the Board of Education voted 7-0 to urge the mayor to hand it over to the school system.

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City Posts Surplus Last Year, Battles Deficit This Budget Year

February 13th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

An auditor’s report from accounting firm BlumShapiro shows the municipal fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017 with a surplus of $4.6 million. See audit here. Projections are not as rosy for the current budget year that started July 1, according to Mayor Joe Ganim and finance officials struggling to close a multi-million deficit based […]

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Meanwhile, City Council Members Seek Financial Information

February 13th, 2018 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee on Monday attended a financial presentation to the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee. He files this commentary: Yesterday was a “red letter” day for the City of Bridgeport. The City stood up publicly on two occasions to talk about financial results. In the morning the Mayor announced a […]

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