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 […]
Entries Tagged as 'Anne Kelly-Lenz'
December 16th, 2013 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council
November 19th, 2013 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council
Rick Torres isn’t exactly receiving welcome-wagon attention at City Hall. The Republican City Council-elect says he was trying to introduce himself to department heads on Monday as he prepares for his seat on the city’s 20-member budget and legislative body. The reception, he says, was more like man from Mars.
April 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events
City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Wednesday night attended the first session of the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee as the city’s legislative body began review of Mayor Bill Finch’s budget proposal for the spending year starting July 1. He files this report: Last evening some members of the City Council met in the […]
December 17th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council
Community budget hounds John Marshall Lee and Andy Fardy, founders of Budget Oversight Bridgeport in pursuit of taxpayer financial truths, are contrasts in doggedness. Lee is professorial, expansive in explanation with a Lieutenant Columbo perseverance. He drives city officials nuts. Fardy, a retired arson investigator, prefers a direct powerwash approach. Aim hose and spray. He’s Mr. Growly […]
December 9th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council
Fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, a relentless pursuer of how the public’s money is spent, raises a question: why do city financial reports lag? See his commentary below: Full-time elected Senators and Representatives have experience passing forward genuine fiscal problems without addressing solutions to balance and the US faces a fiscal cliff as the players […]
October 10th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events
Patience and qualifications have paid off for Anne Kelly-Lenz who has been named city finance director. She had been serving in an acting capacity. News release from Mayor Bil Finch: Mayor Bill Finch today named Anne Kelly-Lenz to the permanent post of Finance Director for the City of Bridgeport. Ms. Kelly-Lenz had been serving as […]
June 5th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events
Former Fairfield Democratic First Selectman Ken Flatto who recently became a resident of the Park City is working in the city’s Finance Department in a consulting capacity a few days a week. He has spent the last few days introducing himself to city employees working from a desk in the Finance Department of City Hall. […]