We are appalled at the mishandling of the budget by Republican aldermen and Mayor Lauretti, and by the disrespectful comments the mayor made to the residents of Shelton. While other Connecticut towns find ways to move forward with proper review, the mayor and BoA have seized the pandemic as an opportunity to pretend that they cannot follow the city charter, and instead are entitled to railroad a budget. In fact, the pandemic is a time when we need more review, communication, and coordination to ensure that our city and schools are safe.
Instead of allowing public discussion of the budget, the mayor went off on a condescending rant against Shelton residents. Not one minute of the meeting was spent on any budgetary items, no discussion of spending priorities, no discussion of what a successful budget looks like during this pandemic. The mayor spent the entire time browbeating and gaslighting voters for daring to speak up and be active, engaged citizens.