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john April 16, 2014 at 07:39 PM
JS: Sorry but a property tax is a bill, its not an investment. The property tax is the most unfair Read Morel tax of them all, its not based on income or the ability to pay. And in Monroe it based on more fiction the fact. I just had someone tell me a home they inherited is valued at twice as much as the asking price, so its not even based on current market value. We already pay more in taxes then almost everyone. This is from an earlier Patch article "Tax Freedom Day, used by the Tax Foundation to illustrate just how much of our hard-earned money goes to taxes before we get our cut, comes later to Connecticut, New York and New Jersey than to any other state". Here is the link http://simsbury.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/new-york-new-jersey-connectict-last-to-enjoy-tax-freedom-2014-greenwich So you here trying to sell the idea that we should take even less of a cut and hurt our families quality of life because you claim a tax bill is investment? Spoken like a true politician. Just where in government do you work? Sorry I am voting NO, I am still waiting on the dividends of the last 30 +years of increases.
John Holmes April 16, 2014 at 08:01 PM
john, Monroe is in Fairfield County. Our taxes are not out of alignment compared to other towns inRead MoreF airfield County. Our tax increase is small compared to other towns.
Jebidiah Stone April 16, 2014 at 08:39 PM
John how many kids do you have and how many years did they attend Monroe Schools. And Backwards, do Read Moreyou shop in Monroe....the rest of you no voters do you? Ask any fellow Monroe business owner, very few of their consistent customers are Monroe residents. Face it you no voters will always vote no and figure ways to justify it but the second a service gets shut down, a police, emergency,fire person doesn't come, your road doesn't get plowed or paved or people need to get laid off you'll be the first to ask why.
Jay April 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM
I watched it. Guttman sounds like an idiot. Later in the meeting, that is after he got throughRead Morecom plaining about big words, he announced that he has a pistol permit. Just what we need another moron with a gun, and on the Board of Ed too. What the hell is happening to this town?
Jim Weinberg April 16, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Jay, Joe, by your comments you squarely put yourself in the same category as "Jane"Read Morewhoeve r that is. Neither one of you seems to give two damns about the real issue here, Common Core and the fact that it is being thrust upon an unsuspecting public; I will never the less point you to a Washington Post article listing eight very sound reasons for moving away from Common Core as quickly as possible. It is also written in quite simple language that even you might comprehend. In the meantime there is one word which describes you three quite well but probably shouldn't be used on here even in the face of your ludicrous insulting and bare contempt for volunteers who are willing to put their lives on hold to help our community; the word is defined as "a contemptibly foolish or stupid person; dolt; blockhead" and that pretty aptly covers it when dealing with the likes of you three. So instead of acting like one, how about trying to understand the subject matter under discussion and then maybe you can appreciate why someone would ask that it be presented in a normal fashion without all the politically motivated adjectives that do less then nothing to explain what CC is all about. Rob I think you have it exactly right....even the Soviet reference...
Joe Mancini April 16, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Jim Weinberg-your arrogance has interfered with your ability to understand someone else's point. Read MoreJa ne was concerned that people like Jeff Guttman do not have the capability to make decisions,as a BOE member, to properly represent the students. She wasn't agreeing/disagreeing with Common Core she just couldn't fathom that a person like Guttman was representing Monroe. Get off your high horse.
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.
Crown Royal April 09, 2014 at 01:19 PM
The newly proposed budget has a cut of just $120k, with a mill rate increase ofRead More2.2% http://monroec t.org/resources/2/14-15%20Budget/PUBLIC%20Proposed%202014-2015%20Annual%20Town%20of%20Monroe%20Budget%20for%20VOTE%20APRIL%2022%202014%202nd.pdf
Alex April 09, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Thanks Crown Royal, that's disappointing though.
Jebidiah Stone April 09, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Folks people from both parties said this was a great budget.....why cut it at all? It'sRead Morebasic...defe r some buying or make cuts in services being offered. Can't have it both ways can maintain services by cutting and aren't you tired of nickel and diming things and paying more to fix them after they break beyond repair...go head and slash the budget...nothing will ever get fixed right, more will fall apart but you people will be happy
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