Letter: Budget is balanced, forward-facing

To the editor:

On Monday, June 14, the Board of Finance set the mill rate for the 2021-22 fiscal year. We are pleased to announce that, following a 0 percent increase last year, the property tax rate in Trumbull will rise only 1.96 percent this year. Thanks to thoughtful discussion, dialogue, and debate between the Board of Finance, First Selectman Tesoro, the Town Council, the Board of Education, Trumbull school staff, and school administration, your taxes will remain steady.

Our budget fully funds the needs of Trumbull schools as outlined by the superintendent, Dr. Martin Semmel, who said on May 25, “I think we are going to be in a pretty good position.” This year, our investment in the Trumbull public schools will ensure that our children continue to receive the high-quality education they deserve — including necessary post-pandemic social, emotional, and learning support.

Our budget fully funds public safety and emergency services. As we all emerge from a challenging year, our police, first responders, and public health workers are even more important sources of strength and resilience for Trumbull. Where expense cuts were necessary, we have made them — but never at the cost of safety or health.

Trumbull is a community of choice. Trumbull welcomed the second-largest group of new residents among Connecticut towns last year, with a net increase of more than 500 new neighbors. Our town is growing because of a balanced and forward-looking approach to our finances prioritizing public safety, a strong school system, and stable taxes.

Thank you for putting your trust in us.

Lainie McHugh, D, chair

Paul Timpanelli, D, vice chair

Martin Isaac, D

Michael Barker, D

Vincent DeGennaro, U, alternate

Christine El Eris, D, alternate

Marc Mascola, R, alternate