LETTER: Bravo to the Greenwich BET

Letter to the editor from Nancy B. Burke, Greenwich Resident42 Years

Bravo to the entire Greenwich BET (Board of Estimate and Taxation) for the inordinate amount of time spent this year to craft a budget for 2020/21 in the face of a pandemic and uncertain economic times.

As the twelve members of the BET hashed out the Town of Greenwich budget for ten hours straight on Zoom this past Monday, they ultimately came up with a flat budget – exercising fiscal restraint for Operating Expenses and Capital Projects.

Greenwich taxpayers need to be aware of mounting losses in the millions at The Nathaniel Witherell, rising pension costs, and a stagnant real estate market as well as the sinking economy of the State. Naturally, there are disappointed residents who would like increased spending in certain departments, but hopefully the administrators of those departments will adjust to this budget with equanimity.

Even before COVID-19 drove the country into self-quarantine, various nearby municipalities (such as Darien, New Canaan, Weston, and Westport) had made significant revisions to their budgets on account of looming worries about the State of Connecticut.

Likewise, the Greenwich BET has tried to protect residents and business owners from disaster in the year ahead. Town budgets are not “business as usual” right now, and everyone looks forward to brighter times. Thank you, BET, for a job well done!

Nancy B. Burke
Greenwich Resident 42 years