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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

White Paper: Debating The Need For A Financial Review Board

July 14th, 2016 · 29 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Former City Councilman Tom White, who also provided staff support for the budget and legislative body, shares in a commentary the city’s failure to provide financial oversight. “The missing ingredient, in my opinion, is members that have the education and work experience to handle this challenging role. Also missing is support staff to assist with […]

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Watchdog Barks About “Hidden Government”–Will Others Dig In?

July 10th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics

For years, citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has been a lonely bark adding light to the dark of government finances with little backup from struggling taxpayers at City Council meetings. Last week, City Council chambers was jammed with angry taxpayers only after they received their tax bills. It’s always better to vent before the budget […]

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Fireworks At City Council Meeting, Angry Taxpayers Vent At Mayor, Council Over Hike

July 6th, 2016 · 107 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Update, includes video: More than 400 vexed taxpayers, most from the higher assessed Black Rock neighborhood, vented on Mayor Joe Ganim in a jammed City Council chambers Tuesday night about their tax bills in a revaluation year. And he let them spew in a noisy night punctuated by booing, hissing and chanting and calls for […]

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General Lee Calls Out Emperor Mario

July 5th, 2016 · 26 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Often a lonely voice, citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee had plenty of speaking support at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Text of his remarks, including an emperor reference to Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa. Today is July 5, 2016. It is the first day of the 241st year of our “American experiment in democratic government.” […]

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In April Budget Hearing The Sound Of Crickets, What About Tuesday?

July 3rd, 2016 · 45 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

On April 21, this happened: the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee conducted a public hearing on the city’s spending plan and two taxpayers spoke. On Tuesday, now that they’ve received their tax bills, angry taxpayers are trying to rally a protest for the City Council meeting. Isn’t it better to scream before the budget is […]

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Rubber Boots Made For Walking And Talking

June 21st, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

With rubber boots placed on the lectern, city fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Monday night barked out a number of observations to the City Council. From Lee: Greetings to you on the longest day of this year! You may get to see a “rose” or “strawberry moon” this evening, an unusual event that happens every […]

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Let The Sun In (Especially On Fiscal Matters)

June 7th, 2016 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee stepped up to the podium at the City Council meeting Monday night to remind members not to spend too much time sunning on the beach. Council members, the capital and operating budgets have been set. Summer will soon be here. Is it time to kick back and party?

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Lee: McCarthy No Friend To Taxpayers

June 2nd, 2016 · 30 Comments · City Council, City Politics, State Politics

Summer is on the horizon with legislative campaigns in full gear. That means the city is sizzling in Democratic primaries for August 9. OIB will have a host of commentaries about the candidates both pro and con. We kick things off with the Lieutenant Columbo of fiscal observers John Marshall Lee who keeps coming back […]

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