Letter: Jones, McGee make case for Shelton Ward 3 alderman seats

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

As election season ramps up, we are proud to say that we have knocked on more than 3,000 doors, having conversations with many of you about what you want to see out of your Aldermen. This is how we build an even better Shelton, together. One conversation at a time.

The biggest issue on voters' minds is our history of low taxes and how to preserve it, even if many other areas of our city are ripe for change. What we have found unfortunate is that many residents are unaware of the fiscal challenges and lack of transparency currently coming from our Board of Aldermen. For example: Are you aware that our Aldermen have for years approved the defunding of our General Fund reserve to balance our budget? Did you know that credit agencies have downgraded our bond rating, increasing the cost of borrowing? Or how about the fact that a major $3.15-million City Department refuses to break down it’s spending in a line-by-line-item format, like every other city Department? Where is the oversight? Where is the transparency?

The picture is not always as rosy as it is made out to be, especially not by partisan rubber stamp politicians whose primary concern is getting re-elected. Taxes have historically been low, and that is a good thing, but that is not the complete story. Remember the corruption scandal of 2010? Or the embezzlement scandal of 2013? How about the years-long fight that is still ongoing against the massive “Shelter Ridge” development?

Any healthy city needs its fair share of debate. It is a basic principle, checks and balances, that for far too long has not taken place. If you put your trust in us as your next Alderman, it is our promise to you that we will always be your voice for low taxes and well-planned development. Thirty years of the same partisan rubber stampers is too long in any city. It’s time for change.

We are your Ward 3 candidates, and you can vote for us at Long Hill School.

Matt McGee

Chris Jones

Envision Shelton Candidates for BOA, Ward 3