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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

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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When The Dog Barks, Does The City Council Listen?

November 18th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council

One thing about fiscal hound John Marshall Lee, he’s as dogged as they come trying to reach the 20-member City Council that approves the city budget and ordinances, among other matters. In his latest address to the councilors Monday night, Lee reminds them they are halfway through this term with an election on the horizon […]

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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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