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General Lee: What About Taxpayer Money?

August 10th, 2015 · 14 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, pounding the pavement as a Democratic City Council candidate in the 130th District that covers Black Rock and a portion of the West End, wonders why there’s so little chatter about city finances? From Lee: Election year excitement abounds. Public safety issues cause fear in some parts of the […]

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Tax Department Blows Financial Flat Towing Cars

June 27th, 2015 · 7 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The tax department in City Hall oversees a car towing operation which officials maintain earns little to no money.

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The City Council’s Junk

March 8th, 2015 · 4 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Citizen financial examiner John Marshall Lee writes about City Council committee meetings being junked for a Washington DC junket. From Lee: Today I am sitting by my computer and beginning to wonder why multiple City Council meetings are being canceled next week. One by one: Budget & Appropriations, 3-9 Monday, Contracts, 3-10 Tuesday, and then […]

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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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Knock, Knock, Budget Committee, Anyone Home?

November 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has arguably attended more City Council budget committee meetings than some of its members. He chronicles the attendance records of budget committee members, including the lack of a quorum on Monday. From Lee: There is only one body in Bridgeport that is charged with looking after taxpayer dollars. It […]

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Lopez: City Councilors ‘Prisoners In The Cave Of Comfortable Ignorance’

August 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

In a commentary first published by the Connecticut Post, retired Superior Court Judge and Bridgeport resident Carmen Lopez takes aim at the “obedient employees on the Council to march on command and follow orders” during a meeting of the City Council’s Education Committee. Check it out: Take an introductory course in philosophy at any university […]

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City Maintains Credit Rating

April 1st, 2014 · 11 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch announced on Tuesday the New York credit rating agency Standard & Poors has confirmed a stable outlook for city finances maintaining an ‘A’ credit rating for the state’s most populous city. See summary report here.

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The Thorny Union Concession Process

December 16th, 2013 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

Nearly halfway through the budget year and the city is still trying to achieve the $2 million in employee concessions the City Council plugged into the budget in an effort to reduce Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed tax increase. Reluctant unionized employees say they’ve already given back plenty for previous budgets. Mayoral staffers say they’ve taken […]

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