The referendum we’re voting on next week will tell us exactly nothing about what this town wants in its budget for the coming fiscal year.
The question it asks — “Are you in favor of the budget ordinance as adopted on April 24, 2007?” – would get a NO from almost everybody. The anti-tax fanatics will vote against it because they want even more cuts, but many residents will also vote no because they want more money for education.
Town councilors would be sorely mistaken to interpret a NO vote on the referendum as a demand that more cuts be made. The reality is that many, many people in West Hartford are feeling disheartened that so much has been sliced already.
I’ve already said that I think those of us who want more school spending should hold our noses and vote for this flawed budget. But I know many people won’t do it even though they oppose further cuts.
The West Hartford Taxpayers Association has forced this town to waste more money on a worthless referendum that will tell us nothing except perhaps that a majority of people don’t like the budget. Now that’s a stunner.
This whole thing is cheap charade. It will not provide direction to a confused council. It will not improve our town. It will only divide us further as we clash with one another about a budget everybody loathes.