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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

Fiscal Watchdog Questions East Side Development

April 25th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has been working overtime examining the proposed city budget and asking lots of questions at City Council public hearings. Monday night the Budget and Appropriations Committee considered a “Resolution Authorizing Capital Improvements and Allocation of Bond Proceeds for the Crescent Crossing Phase 1B” housing project on the East Side. […]

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Crickets … Two Speakers For City Council Public Hearing On $560 Million Budget

April 22nd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Well, two speakers are better than none, right? At 6:07 p.m. on Thursday Scott Burns, co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, called the meeting to order for the public to speak on Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million budget. Michael Bottillo, a postal worker from the West Side, stepped up to the microphone. “The […]

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What About The Library Budget?

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments · City Budget, Library

There hasn’t been a lot of public noise made about the proposed cut to the library budget, a point made by citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee in this commentary. Were you there a few years ago when “we” summoned the voting power in the City to end the multi-year failure to increase the Library […]

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Challenge What Is Presented

April 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

When it comes to city finances, citizen budget reviewer John Marshall Lee proclaims the City Council should embrace a healthy dose of skepticism in what is presented to the body during a compressed budget cycle. It’s a point he made in his Monday night remarks to the council. From Lee:

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Grinding Out Budget Info

April 14th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee conducted a public hearing Wednesday night. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee was there and shared these remarks that included a bunch of suggestions as they deliberate the mayor’s proposed budget. Council Members, Charter Chapter 9 covers Budget and Fiscal controls. Section 6 addresses the Capital Budget where […]

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Paging Lt. Columbo, Bridgeport’s Fiscal Barker Doggedly Questions City Officials

April 10th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

At last week’s City Council meeting, a public hearing was called to address the disposition of city property. When Mayor Joe Ganim asked if anyone wanted to speak, citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee doggedly approached the podium wondering why the property price tag was not made part of the agenda information. It was something […]

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Lee’s Rubbers Meet The City’s Financial Road

April 5th, 2016 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

When a city snow removal effort a few years ago hit the skids, citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee brought out a snow shovel to illustrate how taxpayers had to dig their way out of homes as well as city financial lapses. Monday night, at his regular address to the City Council, Lee brought along […]

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White: Council Members Active In Budget Process, Or Going For Ride?

March 28th, 2016 · 15 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics

Former City Councilman Tom White, who also served as liaison to the legislative body, challenges City Council members to be watchdogs in the upcoming budget process. From White:

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