To the Editor:

As vice chairman of the New Milford Town Council, I encourage all voters to support the budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

These are extremely difficult times for all taxpayers and all municipalities are struggling with their budgets.

The preparation of this budget has been a challenge because we are faced with declining state revenues.

Department heads were tasked to prepare budgets that were boiled down to their minimums.

Despite these challenges, this budget strikes an excellent balance between what taxpayers are willing to pay and the services that they demand.

This is a fiscally responsible budget that secures our quality of life without sacrificing services.

Roger J. Szendy

Vice chairman,

Town Council

New Milford