To the Editor:
Yesterday [Friday, Sept. 10], [Republican mayoral candidate] Jeff Caggiano tried to deflect being called out on his wrong broadband budget numbers by writing a rebuttal letter that Bristol had "the only tax increase in the State of CT in 2020 during the worst economic crisis of our lifetime!"
Well guess what? He is wrong again. 71 cities and towns had tax increases last year, many of which were much higher than Bristol's modest 0.79 mill rate increase that amounted to approximately a $50 increase per household. This first link is a compilation of data for the 2020 Mill Rates in CT. It also shows 2019 and the percent increase (2019/2020). (https://www.cbia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Connecticut-FY-2020-Property-Tax-Rates.pdf) I could not find the same data for 2021 so went to the state website and got a list of Mill Rates for all CT towns/cities. I did a manual comparison of the 2020 and 2021 Mill Rate for each city. (https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/OPM/IGPP-Data-Grants-Mgmt/2019-GL-2021-Mill-Rates-11102020.pdf) The Mayor and my colleagues on the City Council have worked very hard to create a community with a good quality of life and efficient services.
We will continue to support the work of the city departments and its employees, while always working to identify additional cost savings as we have for the last four years. It is disheartening to see that a candidate for Mayor not understand the facts, or worse, purposefully misrepresent them for political purposes.
About 70% of the City budget is contractually obligated through salaries, utilities, rents and leases, fuel and other such line items. Jeff and his slate of candidates keep talking about wasteful spending but have yet to come up with a list. We look forward to seeing it.
Councilman Greg Hahn District 1