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Naugatuck Residents Petition For Budget Referendum

More than 2,000 signatures obtained

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A group of Naugatuck residents from various political parties, Democrats, Republicans, and Unaffiliated voters, finished collecting more than 2,100 signatures for the petition to referendum on the 2014-2015 town budget, said Matthew Katra, a former Republican Burgess candidate in a press release to the Naugatuck Patch. 

More than 2,050 signatures were collected for the petition to referendum on the 2014-2015 Board of Education Budget.  The signed petitions were submitted today to the Naugatuck Borough Clerk’s Office, Katra said in a release. 

The adopted Naugatuck budget will increase spending at a time when Naugatuck residents have said that they cannot support another tax increase, Katra said.  The new mill rate of 45.06 mills will put additional strains on families and senior citizens, who live paycheck to paycheck, Katra said in a release. 

Katra, one of the petition volunteers stated, “the new increase in the mill rate will further drive future businesses away from Naugatuck and make it even harder for residents to choose to live in Naugatuck.”  He went on to say, “Naugatuck residents have had enough and our town leaders need to hold the line on new tax increases. The residents are asking to have a voice in the budget and they no longer want to sit by while the Mayor and the individuals who voted for the budget continue to increase taxes." 

This petition is a call to the Mayor, the Board of Burgesses, and the Finance Board to make the right decisions and lower the mill rate by making necessary and responsible cuts and eliminate new spending, Katra said.


James Jordan June 13, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Glenn – We all support the referendum process, it’s a matter of law and very clear cut. It’s the comments like the one you made on Facebook about why is the Mayor against the referendum process that needs to be addressed. When has he ever opposed or criticized the referendum process? Possibly you are confusing his efforts to explain the complexities and reasoning behind the budget with detailed facts and examples as being obstructive to the goals of the individuals promoting this referendum who are unable to respond in kind. It’s not the referendum process that is opposed, but the “facts” and the intensions behind the personalities who organized that activity. You wrote in one post awhile back “They do not care”. You do realize; you are one of the “they” in that sentence. Through your activities you have personally shaped a good portion of the financial package that is now being debated. If you truly believe that there is an uncaring “they” do us all the courtesy of naming them by name. You know all the people involved in the process. So please be specific when making generally inflammatory remarks like that. Being an elected official is sometimes more than getting recognition at an event or getting a good seat at graduation; sometimes it’s about working many hours at $0 pay on a budget, coming to a result that is not totally in our control or to our liking, taking responsibility and explaining that result , enduring the ridicule and criticism from individuals either not liking that result or trying to capitalize from it, and then of course the payoff for all those efforts – Paying the tax increase just like everyone else.
Glenn Connan June 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Jim, we accepted a 19% increase in health insurance premiums. You know as well as I did I suggested just getting a quote from Healthy CT, management refused to even get the quote. Even if you don't think it is a viable option or the company is too new, humor me get the quote. Additionally there was no discussion of plan changes or redesign. The unions are always blamed why you can't do this, but how do we know if we don't talk to them? You know my positions, I made them very clear. You have to take in account people in town are hurting and until we get some economic development in town we are going to be having this conversation every budget season.
Philip H. June 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM
When is someone going to stand up to these unions. They can't keep getting raises when the private sector is not. I can't continue to pay for they're increases and mine too.
Naugatuck Resident June 20, 2014 at 06:49 AM
Don't let this happen to Naugatuck! Let's win this referendum, send that budget back and start with line one, item one of the thousand things that are in there and let's stop shrugging shoulders about union contracts. Sorry, it's time to get real...we don't want to lose our firefighters, police, or teachers but if we stay on the path we've been on for the last five years. We will.http://wtnh.com/2014/06/20/9-firefighters-laid-off-in-groton-amid-budget-cut/

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