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Letters to the editor, April 17, 2014


Feel the burn?

To the editor:

Ten years ago, first-term mayor Adam Salina (D) proposed his first of 10 yearly tax increases on the citizens of Berlin. He justified it by explaining to the press, “It’s just a cup of coffee a day.”

Fast-forward to the April 8 budget hearing where former councilman Bob Dacey (D) lectured the same scheme, kicking off Mayor Rachel Rochette’s (D) first term.

Funny how the liberal majority conveniently forget to mention the other 10 “cup of coffee a day” yearly tax increases.

So what are we paying now? It’s not just the extra dollar a day, it now adds up to thousands more per year since 2004. Like a frog in a slowly heated pot, the liberals once again are turning the heat up hoping you won’t feel the burn.

Don’t let Rochette and cohorts reset the tax baseline. Vote no on the budget referendum April 29.

Joan Veley

Former Town Councilor

Dishing out thanks

To the editor:

On March 27, the Willard Elementary School PTO held a pasta supper for families of Willard Elementary School, hosted by the fifth grade class. The event was a success because of the many local vendors and donors who made monetary, food, or raffle donations.

The Willard PTO would like to thank all those who made this night a success.

Willard Elementary School PTO A good budget for Berlin

To the editor:

I would like to thank everyone who attended, and everyone who spoke, at the Budget Hearing on April 8.

The opinions offered regarding the proposed budget were thoughtful, insightful and were discussed in our council meeting on April 10. As a result of that council discussion, the Republican council members reduced their proposal for additional budget cuts to $291,000 from an original proposal to cut more than $700,000 from the proposed budget.

Democratic council members voted not to make any additional reductions to the proposed budget, but acknowledged that there is an expectation that should the budget be defeated at referendum, additional cuts to the town and Board of Education budgets will have to be made.

I believe the budget we have presented is a good budget for Berlin. It maintains services, provides for improvement to our infrastructure and addresses the educational needs of our children. Most importantly, the proposed budget does not place an unfair burden on our citizens.

I encourage everyone to vote in favor of the budget at the April 29 referendum.

Thank you.

Bill Rasmussen

Town Council



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