Letter: Eick's campaign against Herbst petty and demeaning

To the Editor:

As the former Chairman of the Trumbull Republican Party, I have known and been friends with Tim Herbst for more than 10 years. Tim is someone, first and foremost, who has given over 20 years of service in political office to try and improve the Town of Trumbull. I decided not to run again for chairman in an effort to help Tim be victorious in his endeavor to be elected State Treasurer. I know Tim personally and professionally, I know first hand that his hard work, dedication and attention to detail can produce incredible results.

When Tim first took office, Trumbull was reeling from high taxes and a large budget deficit. In his first 100 days in office, he followed through on his pledge to identify $1 million of operational savings, turning a budget deficit into a surplus while stabilizing property taxes.

In 2012, for the first time since 1983, Trumbull residents saw an average residential property tax decrease of 3.5%. In addition, the Town Council adopted the plan submitted by the Herbst administration to double senior citizen tax relief.

Herbst also promised to address the town’s beleaguered pension fund. For the first time in a generation, the Town pension has reached adequate levels of proper annual pension funding and has negotiated multiple employee labor agreements that have reduced the number of town employees that are pension eligible. As a result of this strong financial management, Fitch, Moody’s and S&P have lauded the Town’s financial position. A report from S&P’s fiscal outlook: “Standard & Poor’s has revised Trumbull’s management practices to “good” from “standard” under our Financial Management Assessment methodology.”

It’s disappointing to watch the campaign of Bob Eick resort to veiled pejorative comments about Tim’s dedication and his participation in the citizen’s election program. What is even more unfortunate is that Mr. Eick chose to contribute over $10,000 to the campaign of disgraced Senator Chris Dodd during the time of economic calamity and the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008.

It is my hope that Mr. Eick will see his campaign as petty and demeaning to both his reputation and to the greatness of the Republican Party and in the end support the best candidate to win and that is Tim Herbst.

Jack Testani