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Trumbull Supt. Proposes 3.69% Increase

Supt. Gary Cialfi
Supt. Gary Cialfi
Schools Supt. Gary Cialfi's proposed budget for 2014-2015 calls for $96.4 million, a 3.69 percent increase over the current budget.

"The budget request represents the broad-based input from our administrators, teachers, non-certified staff, parents, students, elected officials and community members," Cialfi said.

Contractual, mandatory and essential expenses make up 93.5 percent of the budget, unchanged from last year, according to Cialfi.

The Board of Education meets tonight, Dec. 3, for an organizational and budget meeting at 6:30 p.m. at its offices at 6254 Main St. The school board must next review Cialfi's proposal and submit its request to First Selectman Tim Herbst by January.

According to Cialfi's transmittal letter, "Our key areas of emphasis provide for:
  • The safety of students and staff;
  • Maintaining our guidelines for class size;
  • Improving Support Services that positively impact our students
  • Implementing initiatives that continue to enhance the infrastructure."
He added that, "The listing of District Accomplishment and Celebrations included in this budget request provides a clear indication of the level of excellence we have achieved as a result of the common focus and spirit of our school community."

The full budget proposal can be found on the school district's Website.
Claudia Marie Kurzyna December 03, 2013 at 01:36 PM
budget is too expensive for the seniors that live in the Town of Trumbull who do not have children going to school here. I am 62 and went to private schools in Town.
Bob Villa December 03, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Then move
Trumbull Supporter December 03, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Our real estate values are maintained due to the excellence of our school system. When you move to Trumbull that is what you are buying in to . If you choose to go to private schools that is your choice.
Trumbull Resident December 04, 2013 at 09:27 AM
The two responses to the 1st comment are pretty sad. The point is there is always room for improvement. The administration should benchmark themselves (and with other towns) to lower the taxes and improve the quality of life.
Bob Villa December 04, 2013 at 11:27 AM
@ Trumbull Resident......it's not sad, it's reality. everything is relative, right? are trumbull taxes high relative to surrounding area? I for one don't want to see any tax increases, and would hope there will be more reform in town pensions, etc. But, the point of the first comment is that she doesn't want to pay more to support good public schools since she went to private schools. Would a fair comparison be.....I don't want to pay for medicare, social security, etc (which she will be on in a few years), because eventually there will be means tests and I might not qualify? Reality is, she has the choice to live in the town she wants to live in. Unlike most taxes, she can chose to move somewhere where the budgets/taxes are lower.
Dee A. December 04, 2013 at 02:19 PM
You all make some good points but do you really believe our real estate values in Trumbull are doing well? If they were we wouldn't have one of the highest mill rates in Fairfield County now. My car tax bills are outrageous because of it. Why doesn't the state implement a flat rate for all automobiles in all towns so we all pay a fair amount instead of gouging the people that can afford it the least? Trumbull is taking in an abundant amount on these car taxes now. I hope they don't get a false sense of security and over spend because of it.
Kristy Ludlam Waizenegger December 04, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I'm no fan of the car tax but you have the freedom to manage and minimize how much you pay by choosing to drive an older, practical car that is within your means.
Aaron Leo (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 05:37 PM
There is also senior real estate tax relief.
Dee A. December 04, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Kristen I drive a 2011 Kia Optima. I do live within my means and I commute 1 - 1/2 hours commute each way to work. Gas mileage and a car seat that doesn't leave me with an aching back is important to me. I've tried taking the train but my office buildings shuttle works against the trains coming from Bridgeport and favor NYC riders. I've been working at my company for 20 years and don't plan on leaving any time soon. You don't know me or my life style so don't be so quick to judge me because you don't appreciate my comment. What I said is true, sorry if it offended you.
Kristy Ludlam Waizenegger December 04, 2013 at 07:37 PM
My comment was a general statement about the car tax and that anyone who feels "gouged" by car tax has the opportunity to pay less through choice of car. Better yet, let us all stop voting for the people who support these ridiculous taxes and mandates and instead elect people who know how to spend responsibly instead of taxing us to death.
Trumbull Resident December 05, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I wish the Selectman or the Schools Superintendent explain their measures to lower the budget and property taxes. Only they will know what's going on and what needs to be done. As I said, there is always room for improvement.
Trumbull Resident December 06, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Good!! No more beating on the bush, by making comments on others whose problems we don't know. The last recession and current job market are hurting a lot of Trumbull residents/businesses too. That is the reality!! If the Selectman and Schools Superintendent publicly recognize these concerns in their budgets, we can understand whether the high taxes are really competitive and necessary.
Claudia Marie Kurzyna December 08, 2013 at 05:39 PM
My 93 year old father just passed away he had senior tax relief from the town of trumbull, He chose to send me to private schools and he paid taxes in this town since 1956. I will not qualify for senior tax relief until I live in this house for a year. Trumbull is an expensive town to live in, but it is a good town.

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