Like many other Trumbullites, I am gravely concerned with the current budget impasse. As of last week, Connecticut was one of only two states in the nation to fail to adopt a budget. Trumbull, like every other municipality remains in unchartered territory. Governor Malloy’s reckless budget would eliminate 3.5 million dollars from our local education budget and shift nearly five million dollars in teacher pension costs to the local level. These draconian proposals have caused unprecedented anxiety and concern among our residents. I want to assure the people of Trumbull of this important point. While our leaders at the state level don’t know how to manage effectively, our leaders at the local level do. Over the last eight years, we have grown our tax base every year and maintained an average tax increase of 1.68% - - one of the lowest eight year averages in all of Fairfield County. We did this while investing more money in public education, public safety and our infrastructure every year. The results are a safe community with a nationally ranked school system that just scored fourth in the entire State of Connecticut.
It is my position that a date for the referendum of a Town Community Center should not be set until the state budget is finalized and adopted. There are items in the state budget that remain uncertain and impact our town budget and this project. Let me be very clear. The decision to construct a community center for our town won’t be made by politicians and certainly won’t be made unilaterally by Vicki Tesoro, Michael Redgate or Paul Lavoie. The decision to proceed with this project will be made by the people of Trumbull at the ballot box when a referendum is called.