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Killingworth Watchdog Committee

This is a forum for Killingworth residents who want to make sure that our public officials do what is best for us.

This is a forum for Killingworth residents who want to make sure that our public officials do what is best for us.

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Robert A. Rioja May 30, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I think that Concerned Citizen was referring to the fact that so many houses in town are vacant and up for sale. On my block alone there are two foreclosures. Now is the time to tighten our belts, all our belts, including the town budget. The proposed addition to Town Hall is another example of a run-away administration. We have to fight this one battle at a time. Let's win the town budget battle before we can go on to the next one.
Shawn O'Connell May 30, 2012 at 09:32 PM
As vice-chair of the Board of Finance, I would like to respond to three items in the postings on this blog. 1) The Board of Finance did increase the salary of the Director of Finance by 4 percent total. Even with the 1.5 percent increase added by the Board of Finance-which will add a thousandth of a mill to our mill rate-our finance director will still be earning 25 percent less than the average for towns in our population group. The finance director provides direct support to our board, and we stand by our evaluation of her contribution to the town. 2) The "insurance buybacks," as Mr. Board calls them, save the town money. The town helps to provide health insurance to all its workers. The "buybacks" provide an incentive to employees to obtain insurance elsewhere if they can. Without that incentive, the town would be paying up to twice as much. 3) Exactly the same amount is budgeted for snow removal next year as this year. The budget line is reduced because we are moving $100,000 in unspent snow removal funds from this year into next year's budget. Of course we hope that it won't snow, but we did not budget on hope. This Board of Selectman and the Board of Finance, with the essential help of the finance director, have presented a budget that is lower than last years and will lead to lower taxes for most people. I urge you to vote yes to both questions on Thursday.
Robert A. Rioja May 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM
It is improper for the Board of Finance (BOF) to increase its own salaries. Some town officials requested some increases, but the BOF decided unilaterally to award even larger increases. Other town officials did not request increases but the BOF awarded them increases anyway. This is all not legal as the BOF does not have the authority to decide salary increases. That is up to a different branch of government. It has been suggested that the BOF has raised the salaries of some town positions because BOF members will be running for those positions in the near future. I don't know what is true, but that is the perception. In my opinion, the "insurance buybacks" do not save us money. If you are already covered by your spouse's insurance, why would you accept the town's? Do you really think that our employees are so evil that they would take our insurance just to cost us money? This implies that we have to bribe our town employees to do the right (and logical) thing. If that's the case, we should fire them. I will vote NO.
Killingworth Watchdog Group June 01, 2012 at 06:28 PM
More that 700 Killingworth residents voted at the budget referendum on 5/31/2012. The people who walked around town getting signatures on the referendum petition succeeded in giving us all the right to vote. We should all be proud of them. It is sad, however, that such a small percentage of our citizens chose to avail themselves of this right. Regardless of how you vote, you should vote every chance you get. Most Killingworth residents gave up their right to be heard. Let's hope that next time, more will be willing to participate.
Killingworth Watchdog Group August 09, 2012 at 01:35 AM
On August 14, 2012 we will hold primary elections. You may have noticed a few signs around Killingworth depicting the Republican elephant. One of the candidates has placed her name on these signs. What you may not know, is that these signs are the property of the Killingworth Republican Town Committee, and the candidate has "appropriated " them and is using them illegally. She never got permission to use the signs, and it is illegal for the Town Committee to use its assets to advertise a candidate. She has been asked to remove her name from the signs and return the signs to their rightful owner. She has refused. This places her party in the unfortunate position of being an unwilling participant in her crime.

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