Vacancies on Tolland Boards/Commissions

To DTC Members & Friends:
 As you are all aware, there are a number of vacancies for boards/commissions in town. One of our top vacancies we would like to fill is a Democratic alternate for the Zoning Board of Appeals, which must be approved by the Tolland DTC before being sent to the Town Council for approval.
If you know of a friend/neighbor (preferably a registered Democrat, but can be Unaffiliated as well) in town that may have interest in serving on the ZBA, or any other board/commission in town, please send them our way! chair@tollanddemocrats.org or tollanddemocrats@gmail.com
Attached is a link to the full list of board/commission vacancies in town:
Democratically Yours
Steve Jones
Chair
Tolland Democratic Town Committee

Reminder: July DTC Meeting TOMORROW

To TDTC Members & Friends:

This is a reminder that our next monthly meeting is TOMORROW, Thursday, July 7th, from 7:30pm-9pm located at the Tolland Recreation Center, 104 Old Post Road, Tolland, CT 06084.

Special guests include candidates from 53rd/8th House Races, the 35th Senate Race, Emily Boushee (Outreach Assistant for Sen. Chris Murphy), and others.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Parade and Meeting Reminder

Tomorrow is the annual Tolland Memorial Day Parade. All Democrats are invited to attend and march with the Tolland Democratic Town Committee. Parking will be available at the Star Hardware lot.

We will be convening around 12pm, with a 1pm step off time for the parade, which takes approximately 30-60 minutes. We will conclude at the Tolland Intermediate School fields. Attendees not staying for the ceremony can either walk through the field adjacent to Tolland Recreation Center to reach the Senior Center lot OR walk through TIS property and the Town Hall and walk back along the town green.

Candy will be provided for anyone with children who would like to toss candy out to bystanders, but feel free to bring some as well (and buckets!)

In addition, our monthly DTC meeting is THURSDAY, June 2nd, 7:30pm-9pm at the Tolland Recreation Center. Political candidates will be in attendance, as well as active discussions on our 2016 Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser, The Tolland Village Area, Charter Revision and more. We hope to see you there!

Susan Eastwood Nominated for the 53rd State House District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2016

For more information, contact: Susan Eastwood:  860-428-5304

Susan Eastwood Nominated as Democratic Candidate for the 53rd State House District.

53rd State Assembly Democratic Candidate

Susan Eastwood, Democratic Candidate for the 53rd State House Race

On Tuesday evening, delegates from Ashford, Tolland and Willington gathered to nominate Susan Eastwood as the Democratic candidate for the 53rd State House district.

Susan is a long time member of the Ashford Board of Finance, and formerly served on the Planning and Zoning Commission. She is also a Commissioner on the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and has a long record fighting for the victims of domestic violence with the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Interval House domestic violence agency. As Chair of the Clean Energy Task Force, she coordinated a very successful Solarize program for four local towns and brought solar installations to municipal buildings in Ashford. Susan lives in Ashford, CT and works as the Director of Communications for the Coalition for a Safe and Health Connecticut.

“I am proud that we were able to lower taxes for the residents of Ashford this year. This is a tough time for families and we need a Representative who will listen to the residents of our district and fight for the issues that matter,” Eastwood said. “It’s time to restore accountability and elect someone willing to work for us.”

She went on to say “I am committed to getting our budget under control, protecting municipal aid, and stepping up to the plate on local issues. Whether it be crumbling foundations, bringing good jobs to our district, working for property tax reform, or protecting our environment, I’ll go to bat for our towns.”

“We need someone who will actually fight for our interests in Hartford and wants to provide meaningful solutions to the problems we face. Susan’s opponent has constantly provided out-of-touch solutions like peddling ‘quick fixes’ to long-term crumbling foundations that have only been proven to make matters worse,” said Steven Jones, Chairman of the Tolland Democratic Town Committee.

“We need a Representative with Susan’s proven record of accomplishment and service at the local, regional and state levels to work for us. Our present state representative has not shown the leadership we deserve in dealing with the problems our towns are facing,” added Ashford Democratic Town Chairman Janet Bellamy.

“Susan Eastwood will be a great State Representative,” said Willington Democratic Town Committee Treasurer Richard Maloney. “I’ve known Susan for years, and I know we can count on her values, her passion, and her willingness to stand up for us.”

“There is no better time to elect Susan Eastwood to represent us in Hartford,” Rick Field, Chairman of the Tolland Town Council said in his nomination speech on Tuesday night.

Susan Eastwood is the Democratic candidate running for Connecticut’s 53rd State House district.

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Results 05/17/16 Budget Referendum

Results 05/17/16 Budget Referendum

TODAY is REFERENDUM Day!

The second Budget Referendum polls will be open from 6AM until 8PM.

The second referendum includes a reduction of $166,000 in expenditures is as follows:

  • $46,000 from capital (delay replacing the vehicle for the Assistant Public Safety Director)
  • $33,477 from the Town (eliminate replacing a vacant laborers position in the Parks Department, which was scheduled for January 1, 2017)
  • $86,523 from the Board of Education
    • One Math Intervention Teacher position at Birch Grove Primary School
    • One-half English Teacher position at Tolland High School
    • All Schools: Reduction in Office and Instructional Supplies
  • The Board of Education Budget also includes the following cuts maintained from the first referendum:
    • Two First-Grade Teachers from Birch Grove Primary School
    • One Fifth-Grade Teacher and One Fourth-Grade Teacher from Tolland Intermediate School
    • One Family Consumer Science Teacher from Tolland Middle School
    • One Math Intervention Teacher from Tolland Middle School
    • One Social Studies Teacher from Tolland High School
    • One Technology Education Teacher from Tolland High School
    • One-half Math Teacher at Tolland High School
    • One Secretarial position at Tolland High School

The question on the ballot is as follows:

“Shall the town of Tolland’s Proposed 2016-2017 budget of $55,806,582 reflecting a spending increase of $1,207,652, which is an increase of 2.21% resulting in a mill rate of 34.19 mills be adopted? Yes/No”

District #1 and #3 vote at the Tolland Recreation Center, 104 Old Post Road.

District #2 votes at the Tolland Senior Center, 647 Tolland Stage Road

To determine your voting district, you may view guidelines by visiting http://www.tollandelections.org/location or call the Registrar of Voters at (860)871-3634, the Town Clerk’s Office (860)871-3630 or the Town Manager’s Office at (860)871-3600

For more information, visit: http://www.tolland.org/finance-department/pages/2016-2017-budget-information .