Over the next few weeks Trumbull residents will be receiving a number of political mailers regarding the upcoming municipal election and it is important for people to not only read the material but also fact check the statements made by candidates. Just this past week the Trumbull Democratic candidate for first selectman released her first mailer and while it is filled with pleasant sounding one-liners and nice pictures, you have to do some research to understand the whole picture.
Among the accomplishments touted in her mailer is her push to reduce the town budget by $2 million dollars. Sounds great right? Well, if you look at which cuts were proposed, the result to the taxpayer would have been a tax increase and a loss of services to residents. How can you recommend a budget cut that ultimately hurts residents and claim that as a positive? Vicki’s cuts included snow removal, debris and tree removal, leaf pickup and closing the town transfer station on Saturdays. Given that Governor Malloy has proposed eliminating all education and infrastructure aid to Trumbull it is important that we seek to reduce costs, but I do think there are some basic levels of town services that we must find ways of maintaining despite the Governor’s cuts. In contrast to Vicki, I believe most savings can be achieved through energy performance contracting of our public buildings, breaking the silos between Town and Board of Education departments and negotiation of favorable town contracts.