City fiscal watchdogs John Marshall Lee and Andy Fardy present the second in a series of video windows into Bridgeport’s budget process: What’s in it? What’s not? What should be? Following budgetary twists and turns can be painful, even more painful say Lee and Fardy when you receive the bill with little input. And come July 1 taxpayers stand to receive a mighty large bill if the City Council approves Mayor Bill Finch’s spending plan.
Lee and Fardy have formed Budget Oversight Bridgeport (BOB) in search of Open, Accountable and Transparent (OAT) city budget sessions that have high financial impact on taxpayers’ lifestyles. One bone they pick in the budget is what they call “ghost positions,” jobs built into the budget but not yet filled. Mayor Bill Finch and city budget director Tom Sherwood say those positions wouldn’t be there unless they had intention to fill them. As Sherwood says the budget is fluid. Lee and Fardy question Sherwood’s budgetary fluidity. Grab a cup of joe (or drink of your choice) and check out the video.