Remember the Budget VOTE is tomorrow Tuesday May 15. This budget increases spending by $1.8 million, about 2.6 percent, it provides for smaller class sizes at the schools, staffing to support full day kindergarten, an additional police officer, investment in maintenance of our facilities and contributions to pay for emergency vehicles in the future.
I hope you will support the budget and Vote yes. This budget is a good balance between meeting the long term needs of our community, maintaining the quality of life we have come to expect in Brookfield, while recognizing the limited resources available to many in these hard economic times. As a result of the revaluation and this spending plan, most residents in town will see their taxes go down.
I have become aware of a flyer being distributed in town urging a No Vote on the budget. The flyer attempts to conflate many disparate issues trying to give some the impression of incompetence or lack of concern for the welfare of the town on the part of community leaders. Nothing could be further from the truth. The spending plan provides efficient and effective use of town resources. I have heard no one come up with any specifics as to a better way or alternatively identify what services they would give up in order to achieve a lower spending plan. Without such specifics these people are just making noise and acting in a way that undermines the sustainability of Brookfield’s quality of life.
I should also point out; personally, I find the distribution of this flyer without any attribution as to its source unfortunate. One has to wonder if they feel strongly about their position, why they fail to stand up and identify themselves. I have no trouble with disagreements, but let’s do it in a positive why, face to face where people can weigh the facts and the credibility of those who articulate them.