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Steve Kirsch April 21, 2014 at 09:54 AM
CD, I don't think you will ever see a 0% or a decreasing number. The people that work with theseRead Morebu dgets know that it would require cutting services and activities that they have said repeatedly are not in the best interest of the town.
Joel Leneker April 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Steve: In regards to the polling questions, there would be a series of sections with questionsRead Moreregar ding: 1. Education; Regionalization of schools, unfunded mandates, school maintenance, unions etc. 2. Town Management; Charter, communications, Department leadership; Economic development. P&Z, Public works etc. 3. Town Services: Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Social services, Conservation, etc. 4. Vision for the future: Current and future Demographics, State of CT funding and demographic trends, Prioritize community needs and wants, Monroe 2050, Housing, transportation, Area regionalization services, etc.. These topics/headings are SUGGESTED not all ideas are listed here. Money will be needed to develop, conduct and analyze the study. But even if it were to cost $20,000 how many millions a year do we spend without any of this input? Remember this study, conducted by an outside third party, is for COMMUNITY (ALL taxpayers, not a sampling) input that can be measured and used as a GUIDE for future budget development.
Steve Kirsch April 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM
People need to keep in mind that the largest expense, both in the budget overall and in the yearlyRead Morei ncreases is employee driven and most of those are contractual. Furthermore, if people would take the time, as I did again this year, to actually sit through the meetings to hear the discussions and to see the materials and the level of detail at which the operations are looked, at I think everyone would have a better view of the reasonableness of these budgets. I understand that no amount of understanding of the budget will change the ability of some of the citizens to afford these increases, or change their view of government, but I still think it would be better if people would take the time to try to learn.
kay inderdohnen April 19, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Congratulations, Diane! Monroe appreciates your gracious generosity and recognizes all you haveRead Moredon e for our Town! Kay Inderdohnen
Joel Leneker April 20, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Congratulations Diane. Many thanks for your generosity that makes a difference in Monroe.
Jim Weinberg April 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Joey, Joey, Joey, ...its so nice you and Jane are learning big words! But lets try to use themRead Morecorre ctly ....I may be arrogant, that's for others to judge, but it has nothing to do with Jane, or your, ignorance when it comes to Common Core. We have representatives on the BOE who are supposed to be looking out for us, not pretending to understand something that is presented in such a way as to "obfuscate" the real issues at hand. Do you, and Jane, wish to have representatives that pretend to understand something just because they are afraid to ask for clarification and to have it presented in language that the everyday person can understand? I believe that you two, and others, are simply happy to sit back and let this happen. As I pointed out earlier the entire wave of CC slammed the states, 40 to perhaps 45 seemed to embrace it, but now understand that it is a horrific program being pressed on us and if we don't like what is happening its incumbent upon us to make sure we understand it and fight it off. For the every day parent in the system we need reps like Guttman to do their job and make damn sure they know what is happening. If you think differently then you spend your free time on the BOE or for that matter any other board or commission where you are away from your family for several evening a month and wading through issues that you might not understand. I would like to meet you someday and maybe even Jane, and see what drives people like you.....you can sit on here spouting off your leftist baloney but somehow I doubt you ever spend a minute of your time helping others in our community or anywhere else. How the devil do u have the "big ones" to draw the first breath in criticism of others who do?? Now...that would fit the definition of "arrogance" don't you think? Perhaps you are the proverbial "kettle"????
Jay April 17, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Jim sounds like you own a dictionary; maybe you could lend it to Guttman so that he could look upRead Moreso me “BIG WORDS”. Jim you’re a Republican and so I guess you’re going to support Guttman, but hey come on now the man is an idiot. Jim settle your self down, relax, turn on cable and watch the BOE and if you start to get worked up just wait a while, Guttman will come on and provide comic relief. If that doesn’t work try Town Council, Vavrek is always good for a few laughs.
Joe Mancini April 18, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Jim Weinberg-once again thanks for the laugh. "...we need reps like Guttman". Seriously,Read MoreI almost choked on my coffee. Please continue sticking your head in the sand while Monroe continues to become the laughingstock of the region. And by the way, I am a conservative and hold a Doctorate as well as a Masters so anytime you would like a proper education, I am available.
Unaffiliated April 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Vavrek is a Con Man. How is that for reporting, Jan? The reporting that was once done by a localRead Moreed itor can be picked up by readers if they would take time to write about something that affects Monroe. For example I wrote a piece in the Town Square section on how Steve Vavrek goes about scamming the public into paying higher taxes every year. If everyone would take some time to write about the various corruptions that permeate our town maybe we could make this a better place
Lois Spence April 14, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Something tells me that the OP was not talking about political mud-slinging. I agree with the OPRead Morein that there is no longer any coverage of Board or Commission meetings, local sports, human interest stories things that only concern those of us that live here. Bill Bittar was everywhere, and I miss his coverage.