Who writes/rites/rights rules?

To the Editor:

Stratford Town Council meetings are the second Monday, each month.

Public Forum speaking sign-up: before 6:45 pm.  Town Council starting time: 8:00 pm. Stratford residents can speak to their councilors who create taxes & budgets, unlike going to Hartford or D.C.

Feb. 25 is rescheduled Feb. 11 Stratford Town Council meeting. March 11 is the next regular meeting.

Civic duty?  Where have you been? Why not speak to your elected representatives? Silence is consent!

Do Councilors only seem to react to government employees or relatives of party members?

Departmental Budget Workshops are coming for Board of Education & town departments.

Why not ask:  Please televise the budget workshops?

Why not ask your district councilor for YOU, the public, to be allowed to ask specific budget workshops questions?

Former Mayor Miron made time three days weekly for the public to speak to him. When does Mayor Harkins find time to speak to taxpayers?

Former Mayor Miron made his department heads available to speak to the public. It wasn’t well advertised, so it wasn’t well attended. However, it’s precedent!

Are you interested?

*where almost 5 mils of your taxes go for Annual Pensions, Annuities, Administrative & other costs?

*where almost 8 mils of your taxes go for other Annual Benefits & Administrative cost?

Former Mayor Miron & his town councils oversaw huge increases in the above costs! These are budget bases for Mayor Harkins. Overdue? Fire Truck “accident?”

Both Mayor Miron & Mayor Harkins have the same town attorneys as prior town managers & councils, but they, Board of Education, Police, Fire, & Administration got huge fees, pay, (& pension/benefits) increases 1996-2009.

Negotiated, C.O.L.A., & Step increases are three government employee ways for pay increases.

Aren’t “Disability Pensions:” “Tax Free?”

Aren’t Mayor Harkins’ annual “$21,000 unvouchered expenses,” over “$90,000 salary,” “Tax Free?”

Mayor’s raised because everyone else has higher pay? Management?

Bridgeport City Council is ceasing having employee as elected members.

Do present/past elected Stratford town councilors & Board of Education have relatives with government pay checks? Hatch Act?  Ethics?

George Mulligan

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