2015 Municipal Campaign: One Month To November 3rd
Pulaski Club Reception for Ward 4’s Bosworth/Hermanowski Slate On Monday October 5th
Ward Four Democrats Wyatt Bosworth and Larry Hermanowski will hold a reception on behalf of their candidacies on Monday, October 5th, at the Pulaski Club, 89 Grove Street from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will include a cash bar and tasty food with a suggested contribution of $25. A Democrats for the 4th Committee event.
Ward Four includes Saint Francis, Holmes School and Pulaski School polling places.
Campaign Reception for Shirley Black, Thursday, October 8th
A campaign reception for Ward 3 Alderwoman Shirley Black will be held Thursday, October 8th, from 6 to 8 pm. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation is $25 to the Black 2015 Committee.
Councillor Black, Vice Chair of the DTC and President of the Black Democratic Club, is seeking her fifth term on the Council representing a district that includes Senior Center and apartments, Generale Ameglio and Smalley Academy.
Coming Events: Ward One Council Candidate Mike Gorzoch will hold a reception at Pizza Pal on October 13th and Ward Two Council Candidate Tonilynn Collins will hold hers at Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks on October 16th. Announcements will be posted.
Working Families Party Supports New Britain Candidates: Max Pizza II Fundraiser Is Monday, October 5th
A fundraising reception is slated for Monday October 5th from 5 to 7 pm on behalf of the Working Families Party hosted by Art Perry, Susan McKinley and the city legislative delegation. The Working Families Party has endorse Democratic Mayoral Nominee John McNamara, Tax Collector Nominee Todd Szabo and Alderman At Large Mike Trueworthy in the municipal election.
There is a suggested donation of $35 for the New Britain event to the Working Families Campaign Committee. Funds support get out the vote efforts for endorsed candidates. To donate and for information go to www.bit.ly/givewpf
New Britain Democrats To Honor Don DeFronzo October 20th
Join New Britain Democrats as we recognize Don DeFronzo — former Mayor, State Senator and State Commissioner –for his four decades of public service and involvement in the Democratic Party. The suggested donation is $100 per person to benefit the NB Democratic Town Committee and its party building and Get Out The Vote campaign.
The event will be hosted by former State Senator Joseph H. Harper. Jr., House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, State Senator Terry Gerratana, State Representatives Rick Lopes, Peter Tercyak, Robert Sanchez and Town Chair John McNamara. Call 860-505-8901 for reservations and more information. www.newbritaindemocrat.org/Contribute/
Municipal Budget: Behind the $7.8 Million “Surplus”
For 10 of the last 12 years Stewart administrations have been responsible for fiscal policy in New Britain —a period when transparency in the municipal budget and tax relief for those who can least afford one of the highest property taxes in the state have been hard to come by.
News now comes from City Hall that yet another, almost incredible, error has been made in the handling of the city budget. Last year Mayor Stewart, and her followers on the City Council told the people of New Britain that an 11% property tax increase, the largest in city history, was needed to balance the budget. Well that turns out to be flat wrong. In fact, a much lower level of taxation to address the structural deficit created by the first Stewart administration would have achieved that goal. Small wonder that frivolous spending (the $35,000 fake Christmas tree) has resumed at City Hall.
Mayor Stewart’s tax increase has resulted in nearly an $8 million surplus, an amount far in excess of what was really needed last year. That simply means that the Stewart administration has badly mismanaged city finances resulting in an unnecessarily large tax burden on New Britain residents.
It’s bad enough to pay the second highest tax rate in the state to avoid a deficit, but it is an abuse of taxpayers to pay those taxes to create a government slush fund of that size, a fund that allowed for a $ 4 million increase in spending while crying poverty. In a city like New Britain, the mayor’s miscalculation is a very bad mistake with serious impact on its citizens.
Seniors on fixed incomes have been forced into their limited savings to pay inflated tax rates; apartment dwellers are paying higher rents; home owners at all income levels have less disposable income and a new disincentive to business investment in New Britain has been created.
A balanced budget is an important goal and must be addressed, but to so badly overestimate the need for a tax increase is a real problem underscoring the inexperience and weakness of this administration. The bottom line is that New Britain tax payers and businesses have been burdened with excessive taxation in one shot. It’s time for property tax relief and using the “surplus” to lower the city’s heavy borrowing
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