Calling for more funding for Fairfield schools and libraries

To the Editor:

Yes, the votes have been cast, the RTM Republicans have cut the Town’s proposed budget and leave the Public Library with a reduced budget for materials worth 75K, and reduce the education budget for our schools.

I attended the last two hearings, and what a travesty it was. The first one on April 28th, where many townspeople came to hear the RTM’s proposals were stunned to learn that the majority had wimped out, including Rep. Hurley District 1, and Rep. McCarthy, District 8, by not declaring themselves. They said they needed more time to study the proposed budget and to hear from the public. The joke was on us who elected them!

At the second hearing on May 5th, once again Republicans didn’t listen to their constituents and voted for the budget cuts. Now I ask you readers, is the education of the children of this town of Fairfield worth an extra $66.00 a year? I include in that “education” both the schools and the libraries. Education happens throughout one’s lifetime.

Our Public Library, where I volunteer and on whose Friends’ Board I serve, has received recognition in the State of CT for its outstanding programs. The branch library is the most used branch in the entire state and has been so for umpteen years. It has been doing more with less and less funding. This isn’t controlling spending, this is reckless, irresponsible underfunding of library services that is available to all Fairfielders to enjoy and use.

Republicans have to come to grips with their priorities. Education is the pillar on which the future of this town, this state and this country will depend. As Oliver Wendell Holmes put it: Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society. Asking our homeowners to pay an extra $66.00 or $75.00 will not make them sell their houses to go elsewhere; will not destroy their financial stability. At the most, the majority will perhaps order three or so fewer glasses of wine that year, or go without some lattes. As I said at the meeting, I’m not asking you to give up the amount you’d pay for a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.

The majority party has to learn to give up its addiction to cutting the budget that the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance has taken a lot of care to agree upon, or go into rehab!

Khorshed E. Randeria

Fairfield

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