Welcome to the Windsor Republican Town Committee
The Windsor Republican Town Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30PM in Windsor Town Hall. The public is welcome.
Important Facts about the Budget Referendum, Tuesday June 6th
Originally Printed in The Windsor Journal
The Referendum Vote is scheduled for Tuesday June 6, 2017. At that time voters will be able to Vote on the total budget amount of $111,917,080. A tax rate increase of 4.22% was estimated by leaving all expenses and spending as proposed and assuming the state aid would be decreased by only $1 million. Unfortunately there is the potential for a state aid reduction of more than $9 million. At this writing there is no agreement between the state legislators and the governor regarding aid to municipalities. However, the Council wanted to propose a budget and put it out to a vote. A vote of NO allows the tax bills to go out, allowing our town to function financially after July 1, and allows further discussion on the budget, when we know the amount of state money our town will actually receive.
It seems many are not aware that if the budget is approved, we are approving the total spending amount but NOT the tax rate that would be required to support that spending. If the budget were approved, and the state later reduces aid to Windsor you could receive a large supplemental or additional tax bill. Unfortunately by approving the budget with incomplete information about State aid, you may pay much more in taxes than you thought you had agreed to. The spending amount is fixed by the budget approval not the actually mill rate or tax rate.
The other option is for the Town Council to raid the ‘savings account’ which is supposed to be reserved for true emergencies and is a big reason we have a AAA credit rating unlike the State of CT.
The Council may request the Board of Education reduce its expenditures, once we know the amount of State aid; however it is not legally required to do that. Meanwhile other towns are freezing spending and hiring across the board in anticipation of the “new reality”. Windsor has not changed its spending habits.
Today we see less revenues being sent to the state coffers. People are leaving the state, so they do not pay any state taxes. Businesses are leaving the state, not having to pay state taxes. All this means less tax revenue for the State, this year, and in future years, and it is getting worse. The recent $400+ million shortfall in tax receipts is a clear sign of future trouble. Large deficits are projected for the future and the only reasonable response is to curb spending.
Please vote NO on June 6 so that we have more time to develop a budget that is consistent with the current financial situation and does nor raid our savings account, or require us to pay an unknown additional tax bill.
Ronald C. Eleveld, WRTC Chair
Windsor Republicans Seek Candidates
The Windsor Republican Town Committee (WRTC) is seeking individuals interested in running for the Windsor Town Council or Board of Education in the upcoming November election.
If you are interested in becoming involved in local government, the WRTC wants to hear from you. Persons not affiliated with any political party, will also be considered. This could be your opportunity to have direct input into how our town and school system are run.
If you have an interest in government and want to be part of the local decision making process, you are encouraged to contact Ronald Eleveld, WRTC Chairman, at 860-580-9015 or at Ronald@WindsorRepublicans.com.
The committee is in the process of interviewing potential candidates.
Our state and local Republican Representatives:
7th Senatorial District: John Kissel Facebook page
If you vote at Rainbow Firehouse, John is your Senator
60th Representative District: Scott Storms Facebook page
If you vote at Poquonock School or Oliver Ellsworth School, Scott is your Representative
61st Representative District : Tami Zawistowski Facebook page
If you vote at Rainbow Firehouse, Tami is your Representative
Bernard "Bernie" Petkis
Board of Education:
Melissa Rizzo Holmes
Paid for by the Windsor Republican Town Committee
Mark Purdue, Treasurer
Mark Purdue, Treasurer