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 .
Trumbull Republican Town Committee