Fairfield needs smart people in office

To the Editor:

I see Board of Finance Member Tom Flynn is hiding behind the decades-old stock Fairfield bromide and blaming Connecticut’s “binding arbitration” laws as the reason for Fairfield’s long-standing tax and spend woes. That is ridiculous.

Westport and Norwalk, just to name a few local municipalities, have very successfully used binding arbitration to solve contract issues in the last five years to the advantage of their taxpayers. Without binding arbitration the front line cops, firefighters, teachers and snow plow drivers could go on strike.

Fairfield just does not know how to work the system because the Board of Education and First Selectman keep hiring the wrong out of town labor relations people. More often than not these days binding arbitration in Connecticut favors the municipality as long as the offer is reasonable. Flynn should join us in the real world and stop perpetuating a myth.

Flynn was probably a good certified public accountant in the days he held such a professional license but that obviously has not prepared him for the world of municipal finance and management. Flynn might want to look at his — and Mike Tetreau’s — reckless big spending voting record over the last seven years on the BOF — and there would be the problem.

We need smart government, not phony rhetoric if Fairfield is to ever right its fiscal ship of state.

And just a reminder, I am just a taxpayer and not the Jim Brown on the BOF

 

Jim Brown

Fairfield

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