The “Ramp Up” phase of Hillary’s campaign, which is taking place across the country, Washington D.C. and the territories, is coming to Connecticut! Local DTCs in our region are holding a grassroots organizing meetings in Brooklyn, CT this Saturday and in Vernon on Monday, 5/18 at 6pm. And you’re invited!
A surrogate from the campaign will be there to give an update on the campaign and lead activist trainings. Then, we will put our heads together and brainstorm on how to build support and activate volunteers for this year and encourage them to continue their efforts through 2016. It’s a great opportunity to meet other Hillary supporters in the area and be a part of a national movement!
See the attached flyer for details.
Please respond to the email provided in both invitations if you can make it, or if you have any questions!
Tolland Democratic Town Committee
Normally, I wouldn’t cross the taboo of discussing politics amongst friends, but you’re a good friend and I need a small favor; I need you to come to the polls on May 5 and vote. More important, as you are a long-term investor in Town of Tolland just as I am, I’m encouraging you to join me in voting “Yes” in support of the budget.
I’m asking you to Vote Yes for a couple of reasons:
Because there has been a lot of misinformation circulating around Town based on an incorrect Journal Inquirer headline two weeks ago: evidently selling subscriptions is more important to the JI than communicating fact.
Fact: the important number to watch in any Town Budget, the only number to watch, is the increase in spending (2.68%); not the increase in the Mill Rate as the JI would have you believe.
The Mill Rate is derived from the Total Town Budget divided by the sum of the Grand List and External Grants; as the real-estate market has taken a pounding these past 4 years, the Grand List has shown a similar decline of 3.5%. All things equal, if the Town’s total expenditure were to remain the same as last year, the Mill Rate as result of the decreased Grand List, would have to increase 3.5%. In this case, your taxes on average would remain the same as last year.
So talking about the rate of increase of the Mill Rate as a means to guide your support of the budget is fictitious and doesn’t get to the heart of the matter.
The heart of the matter:
This is a bi-partisan supported budget that a good number of people (my wife Jan included) worked months on striking a balance between preserving value to the Tax Payer and continued economic realities.
As with prior years, the Board of Education Budget represents 70% of the total budget. What’s different this year is a Board of Education and new Superintendent that have worked diligently to promote transparency in their fiscal stewardship of the district’s budget. As such, the BOE’s proposed budget was adopted by the Town Council with only minor ‘tweeks’; gone are the days of ‘us against them’ and the drama of the Council’s draconian cuts to an inflated Educational Budget.
The BOE budget increases by 3% whereas the Municipal side increases by 1.9%. This is mainly as a result of the BOE side being driven by personnel costs and we all know the influence of healthcare costs on our personal budgets.
The Town has delayed a number of projects and capital investments these recent years dictated by the ‘great recession’. However, a drive around Town on our roads will suggest it’s time to reinvest in the Town’s infrastructure.
For more information, I direct you to the Town’s Budget and Town Manager’s summary: