Letter: Supports Lauretti, Republican team in November election

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:

We are current and former members of the Shelton Planning & Zoning Commission, with a combined service of 36 years. The roots for some of our families in Shelton go back to the 1900s, and our combined residency in Shelton is 204 years.

We relay that information to help everyone understand how important it is to each of us — besides our years of service on the Commission, the number of meetings we have attended, the number of hours spent in preparation for each, and the number of applications and projects that have come before us for approval — that our City continue as the successful municipality it is recognized to be throughout our State.

It is through the efforts of Mayor Mark Lauretti and his team that Shelton attracts sound economic residential and commercial development proposals. These proposals have resulted in an expanded tax base and an affordable tax rate. Mayor Mark Lauretti and his team have:

• reduced taxes in each of the last two years, keeping them flat for the last decade

• revitalized downtown, eliminated contamination and increased taxable property

• acquired more than 2,000 acres of fully paid open space and trails

• made investments in the Shelton school system with positive results

• improved and added new recreational opportunities

• seen the value of Shelton property skyrocket.

For Shelton to continue its affordable tax rate and continue as a most desirable community in Connecticut in which to reside, work and recreate, it is vital that the most capable candidates are elected. We feel that Mayor Lauretti and all the endorsed Republican candidates on his team are the individuals who will keep Shelton moving in the right direction.

This year, we especially feel it is unwise to change our City’s elected officials to those who are advancing an agenda that supports increased spending and increased debt, obviously leading to an increase in taxes. Let’s not fall for the Biden-Sanders approach which has brought more government, more taxes and more inflation.

So whether you are a Shelton voter using an absentee ballot or voting in person on Nov. 2, mark Row B on your ballot for Mayor Mark A. Lauretti and the endorsed Republican candidates. Vote Row B for the candidates who believe in smaller government, controlled spending, and stable taxes. Vote Row B to keep Shelton moving in the right direction.

Virginia Harger, PZC member, 2005 to present; Chairman, 2017 to present

Charles Kelly, PZC member, 2016 to present; Vice Chairman 2020 to present

Tom McGorty, PZC member, 2007-2016

Ned Miller, PZC member, 2013-2019