Letter: Finance board chairman has helped Trumbull earn AA+ rating

To the Editor:

My name is Elaine Hammers and I have lived in Trumbull for over 30 years with my husband, Lynwood, and our two children, Erika and Christopher — both graduates of the Trumbull public schools. I have served on various town boards and was elected to the Board of Finance in 1987, 1996 and 2011 and now am running for re-election. As chairman for the past five years, I carefully reviewed all spending requested by town departments and the Board of Education.

Over the past six years we have placed $33.5 million into the town and police pensions; maintained the fund balance at required levels; controlled bonding and kept the tax increase below 2% annually. These actions helped raise our credit rating to AA+ which lowers the cost of our bonds. Our opponents question our accomplishments and whether a 2% annual tax increase is low enough and imply they can do better. The last time they were in control they approved spending increases as high as 8.72% and even proposed 11.5% one year.  If you choose to re-elect me I promise to work cooperatively with all parties and continue to carefully scrutinize all expenses, maintain town services and always keep in mind the ability of all taxpayers to fund the budget.
Elaine Hammers,
Board of Finance Candidate