A basic tenet of leadership is HONESTY and Avon’s Republican leadership must be held to that standard. True leaders take responsibility for their actions, not credit for the work of others. In two recent campaign mailings from the Republicans credit was taken for many things they did not do, and in some cases actually opposed.
CLAIM credit for new tennis courts at Avon Middle School. TRUTH: Courts fell into disrepair due to lack of adequate maintenance and deterioration over time, and were locked to the public for several years. Total rebuilding was necessary. Community volunteers led the effort to rebuild and fund the courts.
CLAIM credit for renewing Fisher Farm lease; boasts that lease produces revenue to fund Avon’s Open Space Fund. TRUTH: Avon leadership deferred to Farmington on the lease renewal; lease produces annual revenue to Avon of just $1.
CLAIM credit for expanded educational offerings at Avon schools such as greater world language offerings and full-day kindergarten. TRUTH: World language offerings were reduced due to Republican budget cuts and restored with grants obtained by the schools without Town involvement. The only ‘no’ votes against full-day kindergarten were two Republican members of the Board of Education.
CLAIM credit for safety improvements (traffic light, sidewalks) in town. TRUTH: The Lovely Street light was pushed through by volunteers from The Unplugged Learning Project, and the town has no plan for necessary second steps to make safe passage on Country Club Road. The only sidewalks being installed in town are along route 44, where there is virtually no pedestrian foot traffic. Meanwhile our largest school, Roaring Brook Elementary on Old Wheeler Lane, has no pedestrian access.
CLAIM credit for completing Avon Free Public Library expansion $890,000 under budget and for $130,000 interest savings due to AAA rating. TRUTH: The bulk of the $890,000 savings was due to private donations being higher than expected, and there was no interest savings since there is no basis on which to calculate the fictitious $130,000 savings.
CLAIM credit for school building security assessment and improvements. TRUTH: Security improvements were requested by members of the community long before the Sandy Hook tragedy, but rejected by Republican leadership until after Sandy Hook occurred. The cost was largely funded by state and federal grants.
CLAIM credit for AAA bond rating and lower interest cost on capital projects. TRUTH: The bond rating is not an accomplishment, it’s a tool to be used in prudent financial management. Republicans block and delay capital projects that would protect the Town from greater future expenses and ultimately jeopardize the AAA rating.
CLAIM credit for post-storm clean up and related expenses without borrowing. TRUTH: This was the delivery of very basic Town services, largely, “taking out the trash”; much of the cost was covered by FEMA payments.
CLAIM credit for low equalized tax rates. TRUTH: This was not accomplished through prudent financial management but by shifting more and more routine costs of Town government onto the backs of taxpayers. Examples: Eliminated brush pick-up, reduced library hours, extra expense to participate in school athletics, etc.
CLAIM credit for renegotiated custodial union agreement. TRUTH: While Republicans renegotiated that agreement with a modest savings, they led the negotiation of the teachers’ union contract, adding significant expense to the largest single line item in the overall Town budget.
Avon’s Republican leadership has not led.
It has been perfectly happy to sit back and relinquish many tough and pressing town matters to smart, motivated members of the community who see opportunity where Republican leaders see none; who have the will to get things done that the Republican leadership does not.
It’s time to elect some of these smart, motivated community members to office where, using their expertise in financial
management, strategic planning, and economic development, they will Create a Brighter Future for Avon.
Vote for the 11 Democratic candidates on November 5th