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Thomas Selmont

Running for Councilman

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Party: Republican

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Age: 32

Marital Status: Married, 2 Kids

Current Residence: Cheshire

Current Job: Insurance Broker, TSEL Group

Previous Job: Director of Services, NAMCO

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Education: College

Why are you running for this office?
To ensure the successful and properous growth of Cheshire.
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)?
Improving educational facilities is a hot topic in Cheshire. Doing this with minimal or no impact on taxes is my goal. We do this not by cutting expense but by generating revenue.
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?
We need to build our Grandlist (tax revenues) with high quality businesses and do so without hurting the integrity of our town. This will not only solve short term problems but improve the town financially in perpetuity
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?
No, tax is tax. Legislators and town government need to come up with solutions that do not increase the burden, directly or indirectly, on residents.
Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Regionalizing certain services is generally a good idea. I highly support FIre/Medical emergency services, Public works, and similar. This must be done without hurting quality of service to Cheshire residents.
Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
Yes, our tax dollars need to be earmarked for our childrens education. If enrollment is down then the current students receive a better experience, or the monies go to other areas, or better yet Cheshire residents receive a tax break. Cheshire residents already have tax dollars sent to other municipalities to aid their need and receive no direct benefit.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I'm a avid outdoorsmen.... Cheshires open space via the Cheshire Land Trust is a personal favorite!