Haberlin: Broad perspective needed for Board of Finance

To the Editor:

My name is Bill Haberlin and I have been serving as a member of the Board of Finance since November 2013, when I was appointed by First Selectman Timothy Herbst to fill a vacant seat. I am running in the special election on July 22 to retain my seat and here’s why I’m asking for your vote.

As past president of a local Jaycee chapter, I have led my life by their creed whose last line reads “service to humanity is the best work of life. “I have been a lifelong volunteer with past leadership roles as chairman of the Stratford Town Council, President of the Connecticut and Bridgeport Personnel Associations, a member of the Trumbull Economic and Community Development Commission and currently serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at my local church.

In addition, I was elected the past November, to the Planning and Zoning commission by a large margin of Trumbull voters, but minority representation rules prevented me from actually serving. I was proud and humbled to accept an appointment from First Selectman Herbst to the Board of Finance when the position was vacated.

As a member of the Board of Finance, you need a broad perspective of the issues facing the Town of Trumbull and our residents. Due to the actions, or in some cases, inactions, of previous Democratic administrations, Trumbull is saddled with an underfunded pension plan and increasing debt service from the high school renovation project. A member of the Board of Finance has to be able to look at all town issues, not make decisions based on which group of taxpayers’ is the most vocal. Trumbull Republicans call it “representing the silent majority.” Representing all constituents requires a pragmatic approach to all the issues, not siding with just one group or the other. Because of my broad leadership experience, I am the most qualified candidate to represent all of the taxpayers of Trumbull.

I have been married to my beautiful wife, Carol, for 45 years. Our daughter and son-in-law are both teachers and our granddaughter is enrolled at Frenchtown Elementary School in Trumbull, so I understand the issues facing educators today. I served as a commissioned officer in the Army. I understand the importance of protecting our citizens and helping those who served our country. I am a small business owner and job creator which gives me a first hand understanding of how high and unpredictable taxes increases prevent job growth and stifle the local economy. In addition, I understand the issues of our senior citizens and the importance they play in a thriving community.

I understand the issues facing our residents and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve Trumbull as a member of the Board of Finance and I am asking for your support and vote on July 22.

William Haberlin