To The Editor:
Over the last couple of years, the Town Council Republican majority minimized the tax increases to our citizens, based on the fact that the State of Connecticut is in a downward spiral, we are seeing less and less state aid and our town debt level is high and the payments are still increasing.
During the recent budget deliberations, the Board of Finance (BOF) proposed a 5 percent increase in taxes and a 1.60-mill tax rate increase, the Town Council Republican majority feels that the increase is too much of a burden for our taxpayers.
During a Special Town Council meeting, a revised budget was presented by Mayor Mark Kaczynski which would have lowered the tax increase. Based upon the revised budget proposal the council unanimously decided to vote down the proposed BOF budget, so that these ideas could be further discussed at a joint BOF and Town Council meeting.
At the recent joint meeting there was no support from the BOF and the Democrat Town Council members to try to reduce the budget as suggested by Mayor Kaczynski’s proposal.
Therefore, the original BOF proposed budget of a 5 percent overall tax increase, with a 1.60 mill increase moves forward for a vote at the referendum on April 24th.
Mayor Kaczynski and the Town Council Republican majority recommends a vote of NO on the proposed Board of Finance budget.
When the budget fails at referendum, the budget will return to the Board of Finance and ultimately back to the Town Council where the Republican majority will reduce and move forward with a budget that is fiscally responsible and is in the best interests of the Town of Berlin.
Mayor Mark Kaczynski
Deputy Mayor Brenden Luddy
Republican Councilor Amy Daniele
Republican Councilor Alex Giannone