As an MBA and managing director of a mid-sized nonprofit, my professional life largely consists of balancing budgets: minimizing expenses, maximizing revenues, and creating surpluses whenever possible.
Trumbull's current budget, passed by the Republican majority, includes two short-sighted tricks to balance. The first is a $1.8 million withdrawal from the general fund. This is like taking money out of your savings account to pay your bills; eventually (and quickly) anyone will find that this is not a sustainable strategy. The second trick is $1 million in "tipping fees" imposed on garbage haulers (a.k.a. a "garbage tax" passed on to residents).