Annual Budget Presentations – April 23 & 27, 2015

From the Town of Tolland:

The Annual Budget Presentation Meeting by the Town Council takes place on Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. in the Tolland High School Auditorium.

The Town Council will also have a second Presentation Meeting at the Tolland Senior Center during the day on Monday, April 27th which will begin at 12:30 p.m. The Senior Center is located at 674 Tolland Stage Road near the post office.

The presentation at the Senior Center will be a repeat of the information presented at the April 23rd Presentation Meeting and is open to any and all residents who may have been unable to attend the evening presentation.

Information on the 2015-2016 Budget, including the Town Manager’s Recommended Budget and the Town Manager’s Budget Message, may be found on the “2015-2016 Budget” page of the town website, accessible by clicking here http://www.tolland.org/government/departments/finance/budget-information/.

Questions may be directed to the Town Manager’s Office at 860-871-3600.

Support Tolland’s Budget (Opinion Piece)

Written by our Secretary Audrey Gifford

Tolland budget

As Tolland nears the referendum vote for next year’s budget, we find ourselves in a position to improve the basic quality of instruction in our schools.

Our new superintendent and the Board of Education have worked to put together a budget that is responsible and provides the education our children need to compete in the modern world. Even the Republican-majority Town Council has unanimously endorsed this budget.

There have been sacrifices and many teaching positions have been cut, but what remains is necessary. Our children need this organized, clear, and collaborative approach to education, especially in the aftermath of years of patchwork policies that addressed spot issues but did not carry a unifying vision to take our children from kindergarten through high school graduation.

Tolland enjoys relatively high real-estate prices and those prices are due in large part to the excellent reputation of our schools. It is good for the students, good for homeowners, and good for businesses to make sure our schools continue to deserve that reputation, and improve upon it.

I care about our kids. I’m voting yes.

Audrey Gifford

Tolland

Tolland DTC Seeking Candidates!

From the Journal Inquirer:

TOLLAND — The Democratic Town Committee is searching for residents who are interested in serving on various boards and commissions.

A municipal elections nominating committee, composed of five DTC members, is meeting on a weekly basis Sundays or Mondays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“Our intent is to meet and consider the best candidates possible and promote a cohesive, progressive slate that seeks to improve the quality of life for their neighbors and the community as a whole,” said Steven Jones, the chairman of the DTC.

The nominating committee eventually will choose up to 17 residents who wish to campaign and serve on the Town Council, the Board of Education, the Planning and Zoning Commission, or the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The interview process is open to those who are registered as Democrats, Unaffiliated, and Independent.

The nominating committee interviews incumbents and prospective candidates for about 30 minutes about their interest in running for municipal office and the issues currently facing the town.

The committee will meet throughout the spring until its meeting in June.

The 17 candidates will be approved for caucus in July, at which point the nominating committee will be dissolved, Jones said.

Those who are interested in serving are asked to contact Jones at chair@tollanddemocrats.org.

Public Hearing on Tolland Town Manager’s Recommended Budget

There will be a Public Hearing on the Town Manager’s Recommended Budget on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Tolland Middle School Auditorium. Residents are encouraged to attend and speak under Public Participation.

Town of Tolland Budget Discussion

From the Town of Tolland:

There is a 3/24/15 Budget Discussion meeting that was rescheduled from 3/19. This meeting will be held at 6:00 pm in the 6th floor Council Chambers. Please call the Town Manager’s Office at (860) 871-3600 if you have any questions.