Trumbull GOP has Kept its Promises

by Dee Chiota

To the Editor:

Republicans in Trumbull heard the voters loud and clear in 2009. Voters were tired of out of control spending, tax increases that averaged six percent, stagnant economic development and misaligned priorities. The voters overwhelmingly indicated on Nov. 3, 2009 that they wanted a fiscally responsible and sensible approach to government. That is why the people of Trumbull elected First Selectman Timothy Herbst and his team in 2009. Over the course of the last two years, the Herbst Team has not just talked about reform - - they’ve done it!

First Selectman Herbst made tax stabilization and the Town’s financial health his top priority. When First Selectman Herbst took office, he was faced with a $3 million budget shortfall, a grossly mismanaged pension fund, excessive debt and stagnant economic development.   In two years, a $3 million deficit was turned into a $1.6 million dollar surplus and the tax rate has been stabilized, with an average increase of 1.91 percent -  less than the current rate of inflation.   

While the First Selectman has stabilized the tax rate, his administration has also recognized the importance of public education.  An additional $4.8 million has been invested in public education over the last two years. There have been meaningful investments in technology and student test scores are up. Trumbull children are among the highest achieving in all of Fairfield County. The high school renovation will proceed and be completed on time and under budget.  Since the first selectman took office, the town has been able to reduce the cost of the high school renovation by $9 million while maintaining the town’s reimbursement from the state.    

The Herbst Administration has accomplished a great deal in the area of economic development. This year, Trumbull’s Grand List grew by $93 million, an increase of two percent. A historic renovation of the mall was recently completed, along with the first phase of the downtown revitalization. Twenty-six new businesses have come to Trumbull this year alone.  

Now, nearly two years later, another election season has begun. The Republican Party has announced candidates for First Selectman, Town Clerk and Town Treasurer, and we are looking for candidates for several other elected offices including: Town Council, Board of Finance, Board of Education, the Zoning Boards, Board of Assessment Appeals and Constable. If you would like to join our volunteer network and assist the campaign with mailings, phone calls, lawn sign placement or walking door-to-door, please visit our website at www.trumbullgop.org . 

Dee Chiota

Recommendations Chairman

Trumbull Republican Town Committee 

Jose June 25, 2011 at 03:13 AM
The criticism of anonymous posts is curiously convenient. I missed some of the hullabaloo as briefly I read the alleged personal attack before it was deleted. I believe the person actually pointed out a contradiction exposing personal, but relevant information? It appears that when confronted, people, especially those who have been very aggressive, all of sudden claim they were victims. You always have the choice not being involved in Town politics or to moderate your views. You also have the choice of not participating in an online forum.
Cindy Penkoff June 25, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Jose you also have achoice of being a human being. I am used to being attacked. It is always easier for cowards to attack people than to talk about facts. That includes the facts of what they have accomplished vs what they have not, but to attack a child is a completely different thing. If you are going to take cheap shots and be a bully, you should be required to own your comments.
Cindy Penkoff June 25, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Tom, We will agree to disagree. I do not believe for a minue this was done on a good faith effort. I believe it was a political move that by design will do nothing but upset the children and rock the boat on these programs by delaying them an additional 2 months. The BOE IS responsible for the portables. They have the sole responsibilities for everything that falls under the education budget. You have all been very clear about that. You are the only ones who can do anything about the issue. To blame the FS because you didn't follow through is wrong. I firmly believe that and there is nothing you can continue to type to change that opinion.
Jose June 27, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Transparency is a two-way street!
trumbulite09 June 27, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Tom - I very seldom disagree with you but on this one I do. Fortune 500 company CEOs and CFOs do just fine with one assistant. Some even share one. I can not fathom why anyone whether it is the First Selectman or the Superintendent would need more than one assistant when an entire school is expected to get by with one.


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