To the editor:
I am a candidate for the Southington Board of Finance. I previously served six years on this board. I have decided to seek this position again to bring experience and have more oversight on how the taxpayer’s money is being spent.
The members of the Board of Finance are very nice, however I believe they have put too much trust in the Town Manager and the Town Council where fiscal matters are concerned. The Board of Finance was supposed to be a check-and-balance system, so money would be spent wisely.
There are several items that need to be looked at and scrutinized much closer than they have been. The BOF has always gone line by line during the budget process. No matter how big or small the line item is, it should pass the wants-versus-needs test. This is no longer the case.
During the past five years, taxes have gone up significantly, while the town has had an average surplus of $800,000 per year equaling $4 million, not to mention “harvesting funds” of $1.3 million this year.
I understand that after six years on the Board of Finance the members may be going through the process and are less zealous than when they first started. It is imperative for the voters to review their tax bills and sewer bills and see how each household has been affected and put new members in who will look out for each of you.
I have in the past and would like to once again look out for the financial well being of Southington. I am asking for your vote whether you are a Republican, independent, or Democrat. The money should be looked after carefully.
I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Election Day. It could make the difference on how much the taxpayer pays.
John P Moise, Southington