I would like to thank Newtown for granting me the opportunity to continue serving on our Legislative Council. I appreciate the support from the District 3 voters, and I look forward to helping our town prosper and grow. Whereas serving as an un-elected official this past year has been a challenging experience, it has primarily been immensely rewarding. I am grateful to be able continue in this role as an elected official.
I would like to say thank you to the voters who came out to the polls this week. I am again honored to represent District 2 on the Legislative Council.
Just as before, I am committed to working with the rest of the council and all the people of Newtown to better our community. As we move ahead, I again look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns. You can write to me at the address below, or drop me an email at any time at DanielTHonan@gmail.com.
Just a short note of thanks to all off the voters who came out to vote in this week's election and especially for the voters of District 1 who elected me to serve as their representative for a third term on the Legislative Council.
I am honored and will do my best to serve your interests and the interests of the entire Community. We've been through a lot together and I'm looking forward to working with you to ensure a bright future for Newtown.
During a brief special meeting September 25, the Legislative Council authorized the First Selectman's Office to produce explanatory materials for voters ahead of the scheduled, October 5 referendum.
The rare Saturday vote will ask residents to endorse or reject the state's gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the former Sandy Hook School building, and to construct a new school for the community. Polls will be open at the Middle School from 6 am to 8 pm that day, and absentee ballots for that referendum are available now.
After about two hours of community input, deliberations and two failed amendments, the Legislative Council voted 9-3 to further reduce the school district’s budget request by $300,000. If approved at a planned third round referendum June 4, that would drop requested Board of Education increase to 3.93 percent
Voters already passed the municipal budget request in a split May 14 referendum. Upon approval, the district budget would stand at $71,045,304.
It is not uncommon for people working in a newspaper office to hear themselves described by others as having their fingers on the pulse of the town. But from where we sit, the business of community assessment and diagnosis is not as simple as that. Newtown’s lifeblood flows from myriad hearts beating, at times, in cacophonous syncopation. And rarely is it more difficult to discern what the heart of the town is telling us than in the wake of a failed budget referendum.