To the editor:
It has been brought to my attention that every year since 2009—the time when the Republican Party gained control of the Southington Town Council and the Board of Finance—the members of these two bodies have had a significant surplus to work with, which they are now terming “harvesting funds.”
This procedure is being used because the Republican members of the Board of Finance have elected not to go over the budget line-by-line as they should. Rather, they are passing this responsibility to our Town Manager. This should not be. The members of that Board were chosen by the electorate to do that job themselves.
Over these past six years, the Republican-initiated rate of taxation has increased from 23.27 mills to 29.14 mills—an increase of 25.2 percent. The town budget has increased from $118,834,374 to $138,282,480—an increase of $19,449,110 in new spending.
In addition, they raided the “rainy day” fund in the amount of $4.2 million for non-emergency expenditures, thus jeopardizing Southington’s bond rate.
To this point, it is important to note that the town has not had a bond rate increase since the Republicans took control. This is significant. What has increased, however, is our town’s sewer rate—an increase of 150 percent for many rate payers.
This has to change. On Election Day, Nov. 3, vote for the party that will not only bring the financial responsibility that the town desperately needs, but will also make certain that their efforts will result in solid, positive results—the Democratic Party.
Joan Jansen, Southington