Vote YES May 14!

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As we prepare to cast our votes on next year’s town budget, our community stands at a crossroads. The choice we make in the referendum to be held May 14 isn’t just about endorsing a budget; it’s about safeguarding the essence of our town today and securing a prosperous future. This budget isn’t just a compilation of numbers and figures; it’s a well-crafted plan that balances short-term needs with long-term fiscal responsibility. It’s a testament to our commitment to the town’s financial health, affordability, and value to our residents.

The challenges of the past few years have taught us the value of adaptability. Federal grants dating from the pandemic and recovery allowed us to address pressing needs, while fortifying our community against future uncertainties. Now federal funding is going away, but the challenging situations and gaps created by the Covid pandemic still exist. If we stop addressing those challenges because federal money has run out, we will be moving ourselves backwards.

Education forms the bedrock of any thriving community. Recognizing its paramount importance, the budget allocates resources to the Board of Education with careful consideration. Despite the need for a 4.42% increase in the cost of doing business, cuts have been made thoughtfully, keeping classroom impact minimal. Moreover, initiatives aimed at addressing mandates and building needs underscore our commitment to providing quality education to our youth.

By embracing change and investing in resilience, we’re ensuring that our town remains on strong foundations. At the same time, state-mandated property revaluation will be causing taxes on homes to go up, and the Town Council needed to provide some relief. That’s why, after much discussion and with a heavy sense of responsibility, the Council made $2 million in cuts from the proposed budget. We are also using the town’s reserves and phasing in the revaluation over two years to provide additional relief. The cuts are substantial and will be felt, but making them was the responsible thing to do for our citizens.

As we approach the upcoming vote, let’s remember that it’s not just about numbers on a spreadsheet; it’s about investing in the collective well-being of our community. Voting yes is a chance for each of us to ensure we are securing the services for all our residents that make Windsor such a great town. Voting yes is a statement of support for our community, our values, and our collective vision for the future. Let’s seize this opportunity together and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow by voting Yes for the Town budget on Tuesday, May 14.