What, life in the city’s GOP? The Republican Town Committee has launched a new website www.stopthetaxincreases.com that urges readers to contact their City Council representative to protest Mayor Bill Finch’s budget plan that proposes a tax increase of $425 for the average homeowner.
The website features an image of the mayor holding a taxpayer by the ankles with dollars flooding out of a man’s pockets.
Contact your City Council representatives and/or sign the petition below and tell them to “VOTE NO” on Mayor Finch’s proposed Tax Raise because we the taxpayers cannot afford it!
The website includes a complete listing of City Council members and phone numbers. The site also proclaims:
There are currently thousands of foreclosures underway in the City of Bridgeport and thousands more pending …To raise taxes NOW would be disastrous!
The city’s GOP has taken out an ad campaign with OIB in an effort to drive traffic to its site. The local Republican party, long in the doldrums with little governmental say, finds itself relevant in two key elections this year. The first is the September 4 special election to fill four open Board of Education seats as the city segues back to an elected school board per order of the Connecticut Supreme Court. One of the four seats will be allocated to minority-party status. The GOP is expected to face a challenge from the Working Families Party that elected two members in 2009, Maria Pereira and Sauda Baraka, both of whom will be reseated once the results of the special election are certified. Democratic party regulars hope a Republican emerges favorable to the working relationship exhibited by the reconstituted board under Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas. At least two members of the reconstituted board Kenneth Moales and Hernan Illingworth have expressed interest in running. Democrats fear another school board member elected under the Working Families Party will provide another vote against the majority. Most of the votes under the previous elected board, including the vote to dissolve leading to state control, were 6-3.
In the November general election voters are expected to answer a charter revision question centered on an elected or appointed school board. Finch is trying to make the case for voters to allow him the power to appoint school board members, arguing it will be impossible for him to truly reform the system without the power to appoint. Finch opponents say the mayor simply wants to control the school board money. GOP’s new twenty-something leadership, including John Slater and Francisco Borres, is against an appointed school board.
Statement from Slater, chairman of the Bridgeport Republican Town Committee:
For the majority of the past 20 years, the City of Bridgeport has been under the control of one-party rule. It has been a long shot for the minority party to be elected and it has never been more evident than now as to how important it is to have minority party representation.
Mayor Finch’s proposed tax increase is the exact opposite of what is needed to make Bridgeport flourish again. In fact, tax DECREASES should be the number-one component discussed in order help our current taxpayers as well as to invite new ones. The economic model that has been followed for years by Bridgeport’s current leadership did not work in the past, is not working now and will not work in the future.
The Bridgeport Republican Town Committee has recently started a web site to protest this proposed tax increase. By visiting www.stopthetaxincreases.com, every taxpayer can sign a petition as well as receive the proper contact information for their current City Council representative in order to tell them to “Vote No” on this tax increase. We encourage everyone to share this site with their family, friends and neighbors as well as to share it on Facebook and Twitter.
The Bridgeport Republican Town Committee plans on being vocal in many important areas throughout the upcoming months. We will be launching a new Bridgeport Republican Town Committee website, www.BridgeportGOP.com as well as providing you, the taxpayer, with real choices in the upcoming Board of Ed election on September 4th.
I would like to meet and start a dialogue with all of you. Please feel free to contact me by calling (203) 449-9517.
We have received your wake-up calls and we are awake.