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Bill Hillman July 12, 2014 at 12:14 AM
EXCELLENT LETTER! From the town;'s own websiteRead Morehttp://www.bethel-ct.gov/filestorage/1190/83/7085/ 7139/2013-01-08m.pdf DOUBLE BINGO Use directly to reduce the tax rate in the subsequent year provided that care is taken to avoid a major fluctuation in the tax rate in succeeding years.
NYtoCT July 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM
I know that everyone is well intended with this recommendation. I wonder, however, if you wouldRead Moreadv ise a friend to use their life savings to pay the annual increases in their gas, electric, or water bills. It may work in a pinch, but is essentially an unhealthy fiscal plan. Much better to find additional sources of income (second job) or reduce nonessential expenses.
Bill Hillman July 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM
THANK YOU Mr. Kingston!Read Morehttp://www.bethel-ct.gov/filestorage/1190/83/9055/9109/2014-07-14a_sp_mtg.pd f
Diana Carlino July 11, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Taking money from the fund balance may have a detrimental effect on the town's ability to fundRead Morefutur e projects. The Town's Comptroller (a non-partisan town employee) weighed in on this issue as well. Read his comments here: http://www.betheldemocrats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Comptroller.pdf
summer July 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Bethel can cut many things and still have worth while budget
Eric T Gray July 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM
According to Mr Kingston on the BOF, none of us understand the municipality's inflexiblity when itRead Morec omes to making worth while bugdet cuts. I'm voting no until they reduce areas where it makes sense... I'm not talking about road construction/improvment... I'm talking about $175K budgeted for overtime across all departments for starters... and maybe $17K for the pizza restaurant coordinator (some call that position economic development somthing or other). Why does the tree warden get a 2K automobile stipend? Why do some departments have a clothing allowance? I buy all my own clothes to adhere to my company's dress code. To summer's point, there are many things we can cut and still have a worthwhile budget.
Ludwig Geist July 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Dear tax donkeys and debt serfs, it seems to me that this is being done more for the optics thanRead Morefor the substance. What happened to efforts to meaningfully reduce town-related costs and expenses? Isn't that what the majority of voters have expressed at each referendum so far? Using existing taxpayer money for a one-off "let's make it look good" effort does not seem like it is saving taxpayer money or reducing expenses (which should be the goal). Would one hope to encourage small businesses, that are currently on the fence about coming to Bethel, to finally commit to setting up shop here? They will likely be in for a surprise in the next year or so, after they get their tax bills (and water and sewer bills too), and once the mil rate actually needs to increase, and the town piggy bank and debt service need to be squared up. Has anyone ever run a business, or had fiscal responsibilty in private industry where this year's budget had to be the same as last year's; or more realistically, this year's budget had to be 10 or 15 percent less than last year's budget? Welcome to fiscal responsibility in the real world. Your local government is one of the few, if not the only area remaining where you as a voter and taxpayer can effect a change in government spending and operations. Get out and vote for your future obligations (or as some say, "confiscations") as a taxpayer.
Matt Paulsen July 11, 2014 at 04:45 PM
A "non-partisan town employee" commenting on the Bethel Democrats website. HA!
Diana Carlino July 11, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Mr. Paulsen, to my knowledge, the the Comptroller is not affiliated with either party. The BDTC is Read Moreconcerned that the budget will not pass due to the spread of false information. Therefore, we have reached out to the Comptroller to request his comments and feedback on the matter of the fund balance, to ensure that voters are able to consider the FACTS and not political-fodder.
Bill Hillman July 12, 2014 at 12:09 AM
The Republican Comptroller told me by phone that the BOF could set a mill rate that assumes aRead Moredefici ancy (defunding a capital item) that would then be covered by the fund balance, This is a backdoor way to satisfy the credit agencies that the balance be drawn for capital items. It's a FACT that he explained that to me.
ctteacher July 08, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Eric, I do not have a finance background. However, the things you mention sound reasonable. What IRead Morea m consistently upset with is the way the people who are dissenting at the public meetings address the panel and the audience. The comment about the microphones was very snide and unnecessary. It is not the first time that I have seen this happen. One woman asked the same question at every meeting and receives an adequate response, but she kept questioning the board for 20 minutes. I teach my students and my own children to be respectful, and I would expect the same from adults. I don't think any tax cuts would be enough for this committee to ever vote yes.
Eric T Gray July 08, 2014 at 02:02 PM
ctteacher, the behavior is upsetting to me too. Snide and condesending comments don't provide anyRead Morev alue and to your point, are disrespectful. Honestly, this is why I avoid these types of town meetings and have to rely on different media feeds to keep up on what happened. It does really surprise me though that our elected officials think that we want them to cut the road repair budget... I just don't see any common sense in them thinking this is the cause of 'no' votes. And, like you, I don't think any tax cuts would be enough for this committe to ever vote yes.
ppalmis750 July 10, 2014 at 08:24 AM
In am in agreement! As a commuter I rarely have the opportunity to experience the vitriol IRead Moreexperien ced on Monday evening. I know from my experience in property development that a quality of life environment is key to attracting new industries and therefore new residents to a community. I am afraid we are losing that quality of life in Bethel with all the cuts in what was a sound budget. This mill rate issue is a scam!
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