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Walter L. Morton IV

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Party: Democrat

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Website: https://secure.anedot.com/morton-hamden/contribute

Age: 26

Marital Status: Single

Current Residence: Hamden

Current Job: CGA Staffer

Previous Job: U.S. Army

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Education: Penn St./ Eastern CT State University

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Why are you running for this office?
Im running for the Hamden Board of Education becasue I want to give to back to a school system that gave me so much and ensure that a quality school system is left behind for current and future students.
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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)?
The most pressing issue facing Hamden Public Schools is in regards to Educational Cost Sharing ( ECS ) formula the state uses to determine how much each city or town receives for their schools. Currently the state legislature is debating that formula and how to best distribute the funds. I will use my time as a BOE member to advocate tirelessly on the school systems behalf for a new formula that fair, equitable and based on the needs of each community and their overall financial well being.
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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?
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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?
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Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Certainly. I think that regionalization is a great way to reduce cost lower taxes and make government more efficient. Some services that I think would ideal for regionalizing are trash/recycle pick up, emergency responders /dispatch and special education to name a few.
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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?
How much a school district receives should be based on many factors like what portion of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, what portion of students are English learners, how many special needs students are in the district and the municipalities grand list for example. District enrollment should certainly be one of those factors but not the sole factor.
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What's one thing most people don't know about you?