West Hartford Budget Referendum Is Tuesday
Posted by whforums on June 14, 2008
So. Here we go again.
The West Hartford budget is up for a referendum vote (maybe we can make this an annual holiday) on Tuesday, 6/17. The WHTA (the people who want you to vote “No”) are determined to remind you of a running 36% tax increase over the past five years, while West Hartford FIRST (the people who want you to vote “Yes”) are determined to remind you that the town has a moderate per pupil expenditure rate. Meanwhile, town council relations are at least superficially contentious and actual budget information remains either unreadable (for most of us) or clunky. Just to top everything off, the Board of Education decided, two weeks before the vote, to refund $500,000 to the town. Depending on your point of view, I suppose we could decide that that’s:
1. Good reason to vote “No” and to cut next year’s education budget
2. Good reason to vote “Yes,” assuming we’ll get refunded every year by the board’s “new methodology”
3. A strangely timed “refund.”
Before we enter the voting booth, we all ask ourselves questions — “How will I vote? Why? Am I informed about both sides of the argument, or do I only know the rhetoric?” I haven’t yet decided how I’ll cast my vote — and, for my own selfish engagement in my democracy, would like to hear from those of you who have a compelling argument to make for one side or the other.
There’s another lurking question here, too — both WHTA and FIRST seem pretty media savvy, what with their fairly rocking lawn signs and slick mailings and newspaper ads. So how can their websites be so mutually craptastic?
Yes, I teed that up for you, so go ahead.