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Ryan Langan

Running for Town Council

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Party: Republican

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Age: 39

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: West Hartford

Current Job: GM Sales & Business Development at Doosan Fuel Cell America

Previous Job: Director, Strategic Accounts GE Lighting

Previous Job: Commercial Manager, GE Corporate

Education: MBA, Babson College

Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
The State has continuously short-changed West Hartford on ECS payments. However, I support tying ECS to enrollment numbers.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I hiked a snow-capped, active volcano in Chile and "sledded" back down.
Why are you running for this office?
I love my hometown, and we need smarter spending to ensure West Hartford remains one of the best towns to live in within the Greater Hartford area and in Connecticut.
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)?
Property taxes have gone up 45% since 2007, making West Hartford one of the least affordable towns in Great Hartford. According to Hartford Magazine, West Hartford is ranked 47 of 50, down at the bottom with Hartford and New Britain.
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?
Facing a potential loss of +$20 million, the town should have already approved savings. School Superintendent Tom Moore offered +$9 million in savings opportunities for the 2017-18 budget, but only $300,000 in savings were approved by the Town Council. This is a complete failure by the current town leadership.
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?
Our residents are already over-taxed. We need to focus on keeping current taxes flat or lowering them, not looking at additional tax burdens to impose on our residents and neighbors.
Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Our State Legislature should take the lead on regionalizing itself first. We don't need 151 state representatives and 36 senators with all of the modern communications technologies we have today. Regionalizing will only make a real impact on town budgets if it encompasses the school systems; Most residents in West Hartford would never support combining our schools with neighboring towns.