I am running for the Avon Board of Education in order to maintain the quality schools our community has come to expect. This is important to me not only as a parent of two sons who attend Avon public schools, but also as an Avon homeowner and taxpayer.
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)?
Financial issues are obviously on the minds of all communities given our current situation in Connecticut. I believe we must continue to invest in education at the local level while keeping our taxes affordable. This needs to start by identifying ways for the Board of Education, Board of Finance and Town Council to work together to share more services that will, in turn, reduce overall expenditures within Avon itself.
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?
Luckily, our Democratic led Board of Education had the foresight to anticipate a loss of state funding and has budgeted accordingly. I expect to do the same going forward and, again, will look to share expenses within Avon itself.
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?
I am not in favor of creating additional methods of taxation, especially at the local level. Rather, I think we should focus on ideas that will help attract new residents and new businesses to Avon.
Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
I believe regionalization of services offers an excellent opportunity for Avon and our neighboring communities such as Canton, Farmington, Simsbury and Burlington to work together towards a mutual benefit. The Avon Board of Education has done this successfully with nutrition services and I am confident this success can be built upon.
Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
I believe that our school district should get an amount of education funding from the state that does not penalize our students for Avon's ability to be fiscally responsible. Until then, I believe we will have to continue to make smart choices at the local level in order to provide a quality education to our young people.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I enjoy being a lawyer, but would love to be a chef.
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