Shelton Residents are being over-taxed. Yes, you read that correctly. \u00a0As I write this letter, over $12 million taxpayer dollars are sitting in an un-managed surplus account. \u00a0Mayor Lauretti likes to tout his record of keeping taxes low- but the reality is, with that kind of surplus, we\u2019ve clearly been paying too much. In a recently published letter to the editor, Mary Jane Paris wrote that, in Shelton, we get what we pay for. \u00a0In truth, we don\u2019t even get that much. \u00a0Our education budget is chronically underfunded, causing layoffs and un-filled vacancies. \u00a0Sunnyside Elementary is in desperate need of a new roof. \u00a0At the Nike Site, where my children play Shelton sports, we rely on the kindness and donations of Shelton residents to maintain the grounds and collect garbage, as neither of those services are provided by the town.The same holds true for most of Shelton\u2019s recreational facilities. Lauretti\u2019s sole campaign strategy has been to create the baseless fear that any change in leadership or contribution to the welfare and improvement of Shelton\u2019s institutions and services would cause an undesirable tax increase. \u00a0 Yet somehow we have enough of a tax-overage to have accumulated more than $12 million in rainy-day funds? What exactly are those dollars- our dollars- slated for? Certainly having a monetary cushion makes good sense on several levels. \u00a0But just how much of our taxpayer money will Shelton allow Lauretti to hold onto before recognizing that the primary purpose of our $12M surplus has been to provide a platform for Lauretti\u2019s efforts to reach a higher rung on the political ladder? There\u2019s been quite a bit of noise recently about Lauretti\u2019s refusal to debate or discuss any issues with his opponents for Mayor, saying \u201cWhat is there to debate? I have a record and people know what I\u2019m about.\u201d Yes Mark, we know what you\u2019re about. \u00a0It\u2019s time Shelton residents came together and said enough is enough.