Bd. of Finance Chair OP-ED: Be Heard on YOUR Town Budget

Every year, Wilton citizens come together at the Annual Town Meeting to adopt a budget that represents the will of Wilton’s citizens in the services they want and amount of taxes to be raised to fund those services. Wilton is a self-governing democracy where its citizens—all of its citizens—have a voice in shaping the spending priorities for our Town.

The entire process is designed for our citizens to participate, to be heard and to have significant input into the Town’s budget. And in the end, it is those same citizens that will vote on the budget at the Annual Town Meeting on May 2. In every way, it is your budget. The first, and probably best, opportunity for your voice to be heard is at the upcoming Board of Finance Public Hearings on the budgets.

On Monday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middlebrook Auditorium, the Board of Education will present its budget to the public. The majority of the meeting will be reserved for citizens to come forward and voice their opinion on the school budget.

The following Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Middlebrook Auditorium, the Board of Selectmen will present its municipal services budget and capital projects that will require bonding if approved.  Again, the majority of the meeting will be reserved for public comment. On both nights, we will hear every citizen that wishes to speak, no matter how long it takes. There is no better way to be heard by the Town’s elected officials than showing up and letting us know your opinion on the budgets.

Please attend the Public Hearings to be held on March 20 and 27, stand up and be heard. After all, it is your Town, your government and your vote. Make it count.

The author is the chairman of Wilton’s Board of Finance.

 

1 Comment

  1. ETP

    March 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I am surprised and disappointed the BOS and BOE failed to adhere to the BOF’s budget guidance that called for a ‘cut.’
    Recall, last year, more voted for budget cuts than for the submitted budget.
    Declining enrollment and years of unwarranted Town spending increases have increased taxes well beyond reason.

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