Open letter from 72 Greenwich Residents
Dear Town Leaders,
Thank you for your service to our town during this unprecedented time of a national health and economic crisis.
As you know, residents of Connecticut, and especially Greenwich, have been hit hard on many levels due to Covid-19. Our lives have been impacted emotionally, socially and financially. Jobs are insecure, businesses are desperate, and savings accounts are demolished.
It is not unreasonable to say, “We don’t know what our future holds, but we know it will not be business as usual.” As town leaders, you have the very important role in shaping our budget and in deciding which capital projects the town will undertake.
We are writing to urge you to work in a bi-partisan fashion to make every effort to reduce the town budget to reflect the reality that the financial resources for the town’s taxpayers are intensely strained.
We ask that the town should take every appropriate measure to find prudent operational savings, and eliminate non-essential capital spending, such that the FY21 budget will be flat to lower than FY20 and that a negative mill rate be reached!
It is important that this mill rate reduction be achieved through lower spending rather than increased borrowing or raiding our General Fund, which are not sustainable solutions. We are all making prudent financial decisions in our own lives. It is only appropriate for the town government to do the same.
We, the undersigned residents of Greenwich, thank you in advance for being the kind of principled leaders that our town needs now. Our resilient community, with strong town leadership, will overcome the challenges of these times. We are counting on you for fiscal responsibility, which is a true necessity in these vital times.
W. Brooks Harris
Sherry Jin Yi
Dr. Wendy Zhou