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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

John Marshall Lee’s Quest For Answers (And Eating OATS) On The City Council

April 21st, 2015 · 21 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

For several years, community fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has been a painstaking presence at City Council meetings haranguing councilors on open and accountable government, fund balances, audits, financial reports, spending and taxes. He asks questions, but fields no answers to his satisfaction. Now he’s decided to be the guy to provide answers to the […]

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General Lee Marches Through Budget Proposal

April 14th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

It’s budget season in Connecticut’s largest city, and fiscal hawk John Marshal Lee raises a whole bunch of questions as the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee examines Mayor Bill Finch’s spending plan. From Lee: Council members and representatives of City governance present for the 2015-16 process, thank you for scheduling three hearings for this […]

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Lee To City Council: Follow The Money

March 21st, 2015 · 10 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

What’s in the city budget and who’s getting paid? City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee provides a primer to City Council members where taxpayer money is spent–in case councilors are not paying attention–in his latest address to the budget and legislative body. Money makes the world go around, and that is true for Bridgeport, too. […]

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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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Lee: City Council Conflicts Violate City Charter And Public Trust

March 5th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Council, News and Events

It’s impossible for taxpayers to get the best deal for their buck with no checks and balances in government. In Bridgeport, there’s no separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government, as required by the City Charter, a point hammered home by fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee in a letter to city […]

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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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A New Year, A New Set Of Questions For City Council

January 7th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

City fiscal observer John Marshall Lee, in his latest address to the City Council Monday night, offers a series of questions concerning the expenditure of taxpayer dollars. From Lee: A CT Post reporter recently indicated that an important issue facing you this evening will be about the renaming of streets, the need for such coming […]

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Lee: City Council Representation Of Taxpayers Laughable

December 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Council, News and Events

In his latest commentary, city fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee claims the City Council needs lots of coaching in financial matters and as a budget and legislative body is, well, laughable. Several years ago I had listened to mostly negative comments about the way governmental things run in Bridgeport and decided to educate myself on […]

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