Letter: Finance Vice Chair urges public to get involved with the budget

To the editor:

If you have an interest in national politics as I do, this is an exciting time. With no incumbent heading into the 2016 presidential election, candidates from both sides of the aisle will soon begin crowding the field, and the debates, primaries and endless media coverage will give every Southington voter much to consider.

However, as interesting as the national race will be over the next twenty months, what happens locally over the next two months will have a greater impact on the future of Southington, including a more immediate impact on the wallets of its taxpayers. In February and March, the Board of Finance will research, analyze, debate and eventually recommend the 2015-2016 budget. Once the Town Council takes official action, the process will culminate with the setting of the new mill rate.

A public hearing on the budget is set for March 2, 7 p.m., at DePaolo Middle School. I encourage every Southington resident to attend this hearing and let their voice be heard. There will also be a series of workshops held—all of which are open to the public.

On Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the Town Hall, various town departments, including Police and Fire, will present their budgets. At the same time and location on March 10, 11, 17, and 18 (if needed), the board will hold their budget review workshops.

If a private discussion on the budget is preferred, contact information for each member can be found on the town website. I can be reached at jlabieniec@ southington.org, and I look forward to hearing from as many residents as possible.

I invite all residents to get involved in the budget process this season. Attend the public hearing. Go to a workshop. Email me, or any other member of the board. Most important, please let your voice be heard in one way or another.

Joe Labieniec (R), Vice-Chairman, BOF

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