Vote Bateson to keep the Tetreau tax machine in check

To the Editor:

The choice for Fairfield is clear on June 6th. Ed Bateson, in his short time as Selectman, has shown that he has the skillset and abilities to make the tough choices required in these difficult financial times.

This year, Selectman Bateson voted to reduce the First Selectman’s tax increase from 4.5% to 1.3% while yet restoring $2 million in the First Selectman’s proposed cuts to the Fairfield Public School System.

As a father of a Fairfield public school student and the son of a former Fairfield Public School teacher, Ed understands the importance of a strong educational system. As a small business owner, Ed also understands that there are times when we have to do more with less. Ed is strident in his belief that we can and will work to find efficiencies in local government.

He is a strong proponent of transitioning Fairfield from the failed carry-over budgeting system to a zero-based budget approach. Zero-based municipal budgeting has worked to successfully route out waste and control spending in business and government.

Most importantly, on June 6th we need to maintain the current system of “checks and balances” on local government and First Selectman Mike Tetreau in particular. It is clear that Tetreau does not like being in the minority on the Board of Selectmen as it is difficult for him to emulate the tax and spend policies of his good friend Gov. Dan Malloy here in Fairfield. We also know all too well that Tetreau’s control of the Board of Selectmen in the past lead to record tax increases with little or no found government efficiencies.

Ask yourself: With the rebuilding of the beach area since Sandy, small homes have been replaced with million dollar properties. Where has the additional tax revenue gone? Moreover, we have yet to feel the impact of GE leaving and that is going to have lasting effects on our town. To make matters worse, Fairfield Democrats are now under investigation for potentially violating campaign finance laws. Can they really be trusted with full control of your finances if they can’t represent their own finances accurately?

We need to stand up to Governor Malloy’s proposed cuts to funding in Fairfield. We need a strong voice on the Board of Selectmen and not a rubber stamp. We need Ed Bateson.

We hope that you will join us in supporting Ed Bateson for Selectman on June 6th. Ed has shown he is the right person for the job and his efforts over the last several months have been impressive. Ed deserves a chance to continue to serve and produce real results for all the residents of Fairfield.

Jamie Millington, Chairman

Fairfield Republican Town Committee

Michael Herley, Vice Chairman

Fairfield Republican Town Committee

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