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Brenda Falusi

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Party: Democrat

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Website: www.tollanddemocrats.org

Age: 48

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: Tolland

Current Job: Mother and Volunteer

Previous Job: Substitute Teacher

Previous Job: End User Computer Trainer

Education: BS Mathematics, St. Joseph College

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Why are you running for this office?
Tolland is a true community, filled with giving and caring people who value their hometown experience, local merchants, schools and neighbors. I want to ensure we keep our vibrant community. By volunteering on the Town Council I hope to give back the community.
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What is the most pressing local issue facing your community and how would you solve it (within the capacity of the office for which you are running)?
Tolland faces a few challenges at the moment. There are a few items that seem out of our control like the state budget crisis and crumbling foundations, however, as a community we have shown we find opportunities to work together. We will continue encourage partnerships between the residents, town and state leaders, encouraging open communications, mutual respect and a deeper understanding of how these issues impact not only our neighbors as individuals, but the community as a whole.
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With the state's ongoing budget crisis looming over the election, what are your plans for your community's budget? Is there anything you can do make your town less dependent on revenue from the state?
Tolland has been planning for a bright and vibrant future for a little while now. Our Superintendent has showcased some programs that move Tolland's education system into a bright future, continuing our state's tradition of a rigorous education system. Our school's are one of the cornerstones of a community's future. Tolland has weathered many storms, and we have plans to create a light house school system to bring in revenue while supporting our Tolland scholars and their families. I look forward to working with the BOE in helping them realize these goals that I believe will keep Tolland fiscally responsible to all our residents. We also have to recognize that the State should not push their inability to pass a budget onto the backs of municipalities. Local and State reps need to work together to ensure our local and state communities grow and thrive.
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The legislature has been debating various ideas to allow towns to raise revenue locally through something other than property taxes. If you could ease your residents' property tax burden by adding another method of taxation, is there anything you might consider for your town?
We should be open to considering other means of revenue for our town. This process should be a partnership between the towns and our reps to ensure a good fit for our communities.
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Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Tolland has always been at the forefront of regionalizing services, especially when it makes sense fiscally and as an organization. We have already participated in a few programs and look forward to finding others. This should not be mandated, each community should be allowed to work with partners where it makes the most sense.
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Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
Our scholars have been promised a rigorous education that prepares them for the future. We need to be true stewards for these children, our schools and our communities. Small decreases in enrollment may not allow noticeable decreases in an education budget. Larger decreases do mean adjustments. However, with the rising costs of items like health care, no decreases in state unfunded mandates, and many other factors, a direct correlation between decrease in enrollment and funding from the state is not appropriate. The modern education model looks very different, from the schools when I was growing up. The process is engaging and exciting!
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What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I enjoy camping and fishing, and hate buying shoes. Trivial bits of information, but I think everyone who knows me, knows I'm an open book.