To the Editor
The Mayoral campaign to date has focused on differentiating Ellen Zoppo-Sassu’s performance as Mayor with the planned administration of Dante Tagariello. Zoppo-Sassu has raised taxes in both years of her administration (2.4% in year 1 and 3.17% in year 2), while increasing the cost of government by 5.13% over the same period. At the same time, we have experienced no growth in the Grand List. This situation is starkly comparable to the trajectory of the State of CT, which is in the bottom 5% in so many growth factors (employment, manufacturing jobs, overall taxation), and yet, the State is trying to tax its way to prosperity. The expectation in the current state budget is that an additional $1.7 Billion will be raised through new and increased taxes. While Bristol has a way to go to match the State’s fiscal futility, I don’t want to continue the Mayor’s comparable approach of spend and tax. This is not fair to the hardworking citizens of this City.
Tagariello has proposed several initiatives that can streamline government and achieve real- not imagined -savings. Some of these include technological improvements to modernize City Services and enhance web access to information on City property availability. He has proposed implementing performance-based budgeting, holding Department Heads accountable, and tying spending to tax-base growth.
Bristol was once rated very highly for fiscal stability and responsibility. Rather than see that status decline like that of the State of CT, I support the fiscal approach of Dante Tagariello and ask for your support for him as Mayor.