TEAM TESORO TAXES AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY PLATFORM
Preamble: Trumbull must remain competitive and affordable to residents and businesses alike, while maintaining the high quality of life we enjoy. This means stable taxes, smart restrained spending, and a strong credit rating. We must also continue to look for smart ways to attract new businesses and new residents, growing our grand list while protecting the residential character of Trumbull.
First Selectman Vicki Tesoro continues to implement a comprehensive and focused plan to invest in priorities that positively impact our community and improve our quality of life.
First Selectman Tesoro places fiscal responsibility at the core of her administration. Team Tesoro:
Kept taxes stable and spending in check;
Maintained our commitment to invest in education, public safety, senior services, and other critical town-wide needs;
Maintained a robust general fund and did not use Trumbull’s savings account to artificially lower taxes;
Used a portion of the surplus to make an additional $500,000 contribution to our underfunded pension funds, over above that recommended by the actuary;
Delivered safe and focused economic development to grow our grand list, while preserving and enhancing the quality and character of our community;
Began discussions with the Board of Education to identify opportunities for shared services to end duplication of expenses;
Refinanced debt, saving the taxpayers $472,000 over five years;
Maintained our AA+ bond rating and were praised by the rating agencies for our conservative and sound fiscal management;
Repealed the salary ordinance for elected officials;
Worked diligently with our state legislators to mitigate the impact of reductions in state education funding, all while fighting for Trumbull’s fair share;
Crafted a policy to regulate the use of town owned vehicles, thereby maximizing employee accountability to ensure their appropriate use for town business; and
Reduced the town take-home fleet by 3 non-emergency vehicles.
Team Tesoro will fight to keep taxes as low as possible and will continue to ensure that every dollar spent on behalf of Trumbull taxpayers improves our quality of life and protects our property values.
Vicki Tesoro and her administration will maintain their commitment to invest in education, public safety, senior services and other critical town-wide needs.
Current spending will be scrutinized. Budgets will continue to be transparent, realistic and properly prioritized.
Vote Row A on November 5th for Team Tesoro – a vote for civility, transparency, and common sense.
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