To the Editor:

The New Milford Board of Education is seeking an increase in the budget which means asking taxpayers for more money while the number of students has declined.

This would place an additional financial burden on many people still reeling from the effects of the economic crisis.

Board member Bill Wellman observed "The economic situation has not improved for many members of the community and has worsened for others."

Despite the stagnant tax base and five years of a greatly weakened economy, the town budgets have steadily ratched upward.

We are looking to our town leaders to display creative innovative thinking to move forward toward more efficient, cost-effective governments.

Taxpayers object to rubber stamping a tax increase in these tough times.

Rather they want to support a plan of shared effort to meet the challenges facing us.

Reed Hotchkiss