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  • Sustaining Our Parks And Forests

    Stand for an hour or two in the middle of the Upper or Lower Paugussett State Forest with a petition in hand and see how many signatures you can get for restoring the $2 million cut from funds for state parks and forests in Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal. Better take your binoculars as well and do a little birdwatching to pass the time before you head home with your empty sheet of paper.

  • Education By A Thousand Cuts

    To the Editor:

    At this late stage of the education budget review process, everyone is focused on the cost of transportation, gasoline, heating oil, medical plan savings, etc. Long forgotten by the Superintendent and the BOE is the $2.6M of resources requested by school principals that were denied in January.

  • School Budget Increase Pared To 0.8 Percent

    On March 2, the Board of Finance continued its review of local budget requests for the 2015-16 fiscal cycle, examining dozens of details in the Board of Education’s $72,253,488 proposal representing a 1.27 percent hike over the current year.

    But less than two days later, the district adjusted its budget request to $71,915,679, representing a 0.8 percent increase, because of an action to reduce district contributions to the town’s self-insured employee health plan.

  • A Few Axioms For Lower Taxes

    The work of Newtown’s finance authorities is axiomatic: seek economy in the increasingly expensive enterprise of running a town. And in watching the early work of the Board of Finance and the Finance Department impacting the next budget cycle, some actual axioms come to mind. Waste not want not. A penny saved is a penny earned. Less is more. For some residents who may, for example, suffer a bone-jarring commute along some of the town’s more pothole-pocked byways twice a day, the economic zeal of budgetmakers may seem more like parsimony.

  • Questioning Future Tax Increases For Education

    To the Editor:

    As we approach a new school year, there are many parents and residents in Newtown who seem to be upset over the fact that the current school budget did include the customary tax increases seen in the past. It is remarkable that we continue to believe that increased spending on education will protect our students from getting an inferior education. “It is wrong to deprive our students of the education they deserve.” The idea is apt to make parents anxious and even angry.

  • Newtown Doesn’t Measure Up In Education Spending

    To the Editor:

  • The Next Steps Following The Budget Approval

    To The Editor:

    I’d like to thank everyone involved in working together this year on preparing, advocating for and voting for the budget. We saw an unprecedented amount of cooperation resulting in a budget that was appealing to a wide margin of the voters who chose to cast their ballots.

  • Not Just Another Tuesday In April

    Newtown voters have been invited to the polls on April 22 to commit themselves to $111 million in expenditures and another round of property tax bills for 2014-15. While overall spending in the proposed budget does inch up by slightly less than one percent, the accompanying tax rate does not increase at all, thanks to growth in the grand list, supplemental motor vehicle taxes, and various unanticipated grants and payments from the state.

  • Help Maintain And Grow Our Educational System

    To the Editor:

    Newtown, please vote Yes for the education budget on Tuesday April 22nd!  Why? Because the proposed budget takes into account declining enrollment, current and future planning, and doesn’t play a “cat and mouse” game with the bottom-line.

  • Responsible and Objective Budgets

    To the Editor:

    This year’s budgets carefully address numerous concerns expressed by many. In general, schools, roads, and taxes are the most frequently heard topics.

    The Board of Education, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and the Superintendent all earned a well deserved “thank you” for assembling very responsible and objective budgets that can serve as models for coming years. On Tuesday April 22 please vote (at the Middle School, Queen Street) to support these budgets.