To the editor,
Regarding the article, “Democrat candidates vow to seek no increase in pay,” (Oct. 10): How thoughtful of my opponents to recommend a vow for me to make. More than thoughtful, it is disingenuous. Not only do I seek no increase in pay, unlike my opponents, I seek no increase in the size of government.
I have in the past supported making the position of Beacon Falls first selectman full-time, with commensurate compensation, because Beacon Falls deserves focused and professional management. The Beacon Falls Republican Town Committee surveyed towns similar in size and found that most have a full-time leader with an average salary of $65,000. I believe that the placement of a true executive in office would create a climate of transparency. The presence of a full-time official would in fact streamline the government, saving untold thousands of dollars. Had the boards adopted this resolution to make it a full-time position, I would not currently be a candidate. But the combined town boards chose not to act on this matter, and the RTC moved on. The Republicans are definitely not seeking any increases in any town salaries.
If, however, as the first selectman states, she is concerned about the increase in government expenditure necessary to run Beacon Falls, why has she, along with her running mate, openly endorsed the move to make two elected town positions, tax collector and town clerk, into permanent and full-time jobs, including benefits?
Contrary to their statements, they are actively working to increase the tax roles by well over $100,000 a year, committing us to contracts that will only increase with the passage of time. Why now, in the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn?
Our current tax collector, who is paid a nominal salary, is a woman who performs her job well. Likewise, the town clerk’s office runs smoothly. There is no need to increase its budget geometrically. Beacon Falls voters do not want to see our government expand, certainly not during 2011-2013.
I am actively awaiting a first selectman candidates debate between myself and Susan Cable, to discuss this and other issues vital to keeping Beacon Falls First.
Republican first selectman candidate