Preserve the Experience, Acumen, and Intelligence
For 14 years (since 2009), I have had the great privilege to serve Clinton on first the Board of Selectmen and now the Town Council. During that time, I have had the honor of working with 20 different individuals on these very important boards/councils. The experience I have gained has enabled me to work with many diverse people and opinions. This council is no different. Despite what you have been reading lately, the Town Council is comprised of seven people with seven opinions. Does one party or group dominate the process or contribute more than the other? Plain and simple: no, it does not. It is, out of necessity, a collaborative group where all are heard and all votes counted. Respect for opinions is shared by all, regardless of political affiliation.
It’s true that the Republican party has held the majority recently, and to that end, we have worked together to hold the mill rate flat for three years while reducing it another year. There are a few new members of the council that would prefer to tap into the Town’s undesignated funds (think of it as a rainy day fund) rather than to examine and cut expenses. The role of the council is not to artificially support an inflated budget; it is to demand the most services for taxpayers at a thoughtful and conscientiously applied mill rate. This is a difficult job, but your Republican council members are determined to accomplish this goal: To have a strong and effective budget while preserving our financial strength and security.
To that end, I hope you will support and vote for Chris Aniskovich, Dennis Donovan, and myself to preserve the years of experience, acumen, and intelligence that we collectively bring to the council.