To the editor:
In recent letters to the editor, I’ve read lots of negative name calling concerning members of the Democratic slate of candidates and myself. Instead of being positive about their own candidates, Republican writers seem limited to saying bad (and untrue) things about Democrats. Rather than responding in kind, I would like to set forth the major planks in the Southington Democrats’ platform, so that voters can make informed decisions on Nov. 3:
- Returning balance to development in Southington. In recent years, we have seen a great deal of residential development, which burdens town services and the budget, and insufficient commercial and industrial development. By becoming more business friendly, we can increase our tax base, which will permit us to accomplish the next two items. We can also help by committing to acquiring more open space.
- Curbing increases in the mill rate. Our mill rate has increased almost 25 percent over the last six years. We need more careful and prudent budgeting to stop this disturbing trend.
- Provide long overdue tax relief to our seniors. Southington’s seniors have contributed to our community and our economy for many years, and their fixed incomes make continued tax increases difficult to cope with. Relief can take several forms, and we must choose our route carefully, but with determination. We strongly support the project to renew Calendar House.
- Fix our sewer billing. In the last year, many residents have seen their sewer bills increase beyond reason. The reason needs to be investigated and the problem resolved.
- Restoring integrity, transparency, and responsiveness to our town government. Local citizens are rightfully disillusioned with a town government that makes decisions in the back room, ignores the minority party, violates our code of ethics, and disregards public opinion. Nowhere was this made more clear than with the issues surrounding Bradley Hospital and the Hatton solar project. Connecticut’s Superior Court has determined that our Town Council did not even follow the town’s own zoning regulations. We need restore faith in our local government.
The Democratic team stands ready to accomplish these goals and make life in our great town even better.
Edward Rosenblatt, Chair Southington Democratic Town Committee