To the Editor:

Rich Smith is changing the subject. His party made a terrible decision backing a toxic landfill in Milford. People are furious. He must pivot.

Despite what Mr. Smith says, I will have nothing to do with Milford’s taxes next year. I am, however, rightfully concerned about taxes going up because Hartford is still in a financial crisis. The Democrats in Hartford have made it clear that they no longer wish to fund cities like Milford. Does Mr. Smith honestly believe that Connecticut’s economy is doing fine? Serious choices must be made. The Democrats would rather play political games, ignore the issue and celebrate their meager tax cut.

The Milford Democrats are peddling their fantasy of good governance. Mr. Smith assumes that the Republicans opposed a tax decrease. He is mistaken. The Republicans voted against the budget because it was a gimmick. The Democrats on the Board of Aldermen took a huge gamble. Governor Malloy cut $11 million to Milford. In May the Democrats achieved their so-called “tax cut” by recklessly assuming most of the money would be restored. Connecticut had no budget and none of the money the Democrat Board of Aldermen relied on until last week. Lucky for us, the State Republicans restored the money.

This year, despite promises of alternative budgets that would address the fiscal crisis, the mayor sidestepped the issue. He then presented his own revised budget at the last minute. The Democrats on the Board of Aldermen rubber stamped it. The people of Milford deserve better.

Matt Gaynor


Republican Town Committee Chairman