The threat by the West Hartford Taxpayers Association to force a public referendum on the budget if it rises more than 2. 5 percent this year is pointless and ultimately wasteful.
Didn’t we learn anything from the last budget battle? People in this town, for better or worse, are ready to pay what it costs to keep our services plentiful and our schools topnotch. I happen to agree, generally, with that line of thinking, even though I can barely afford to live here now.
I sympathize with the complaints that municipal employees are compensated too generously. They are, but only in comparison to private sector counterparts. My real gripe isn’t that government workers get too much. It’s that private sector workers, including me, get too little.
Honestly, I can’t see the logic in paying for a day at the polls so that residents can endorse a budget that we really have little chance to carve down much. We can’t want all that we want and then refuse to pay the tab for it.
I’m sure if I knew the budget as well as Ms. Aron I would agree that some things in it are unnecessary or improper. But the reality is that I don’t have the spending plan details and will likely never see enough to have a clue who’s right or wrong. In the end, I mostly have to put my trust in my elected leaders.
If the town starts to slip and taxes keep rising, well, perhaps I’ll vote them out. But for now, I’m content. Uneasy perhaps, but content. And I don’t think I’m too far from the norm.