Windsor states it’s preference on Budget Day, Tuesday May 15. Polls are open 6am – 8pm making for a day-long voter window to express views on our looks, actions and services.
Our town is incredible! Many services, low tax rates, town pride, great people that make it all work and a process that supports the effort.
Your budget vote means you care about our town. A budget YES vote means you care about our children and their schools, our seniors and the help they need and our families as we fund good services that brings value to our community and our lives.
Some people want to cut services and will vote NO. That could mean more kids in crowded classrooms, no early childhood education commitment, diminished senior services and fewer public services.
I know people in other towns who realized the value of public services… when they didn’t have them. Our freak storm last year that crippled our state – tested short staffs for local services. Just as Ben Franklin suggested that we don’t know the value of water till the well is dry – many of us didn’t realize the value of our ubiquitous service structure until we didn’t have it.
While we can’t fully staff for peak times – we should never minimize the number of people we need to get the job done. We are fortunate to have a Council and Board and manager that gets the principle of supporting what we need and want and gets it done when we need it most.
This budget matches that premise. We get good services, all day kindergarten and enhanced curriculum for our kids, service enhancements, improvements and a solid base to handle needs and emergencies. Meantime we’re the 5th lowest tax increasing town in CT.
I can fully understand other townspeople’s envy as they have not found that great balance we have.
Vote budget YES on May 15 – we have a great deal – and the alternatives are bad. Of course if you want to boost the envy factor… push for a bigger tax increase so we can add more great programs and services and our kids could get more at schools to make them better competitors in our global economy…. Could be a huge plus for Windsor boosters… But I dream…
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