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Vincent Loffredo

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Party: Democrat

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Age: 72

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: Middletown

Current Job: Retired

Previous Job: Director of Goverment and Political Relations at the Connecticut Educaion Association

Previous Job: At Middletown High I taught Biology and General Science and also Directed the alternate high school program School Wihin A School.

Education: Bacholar of Science Marquette University. Graduate study at Wesleyan University MALS program completed 18 credits

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Why are you running for this office?
I'm seeking my second term on the Middletown BOE so I can continue advocating for the children of our community, to closing the achievement gap and to assuring our graduates have the skills for college and the world of work. I'm also advocating for the building of a new 6,7, 8 grade middle school and urging the voters to vote YES on Tuesday, November 7th. for its construction.
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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)?
As I'm answering your questionnaire, the state has not adopted a budget. Middletown has adopted a budget based on what we received last year from the state. The school year is proceeding. I continue to urge our state legislators to get the job done and pass a budget ASAP. Making significant cuts and adjustments to our educational program later in the school year will cause only more disruption to our children's education.
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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?
If necessary, the community's budget will be adjusted by the Common Council with input from all city departments including the BOE. To make Middletown less dependent on state revenue, the elected leaders of Middletown continue to work to attract more businesses to grow our tax base.
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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?
Middletown has many non profit institutions that do not pay any property tax. They all receive police and fire protection as well as other city services. What is a reasonable annual contribution that they should be making to the city for these services that Middletown resident/business property taxpayers are paying for?
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Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Middletown is next door to two regional school districts, Haddam/Killingworth and Durham/Middlefield. Exploring and implementing greater regional educational opportunities should be considered. Also, examining other services such as police, fire, health and public works should be examined..
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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?
It's more than just the number of students but also the needs of the students enrolled that help determine the education funding from the state. Other factors that need to be accounted for are the number of children requiring special education services and the impact of poverty on our children
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What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I have three grandsons: Nico, Dante and Haedrian.