Rebuild Brookfield, approve the budget
This is a desirable town and your property value has increased since the last assessments five years ago. That is a good thing, but everyone is all up in arms.
Will this continue to be a desirable town? Not the way we're treating it.
Every time we reject the budget, we increase class sizes, decrease student supplies, eliminate much-needed school building repairs and diminish invaluable staff. Yes, we should have a say in the budget. But should we have the right to lay off teachers and paraprofessionals?
The education budget will now have to be cut by $700,000. The proposed increase is 2.37 percent; 2.2 percent of that amount will be used for the high school expansion project which voters approved four years ago; it is a commitment we made and must follow through with.
The remaining proposed increase is .17 percent! Did we really intend that this expansion project would be at the expense of our students' education?
Every time we reject the town budget, we defeat the efforts to improve our deplorable road conditions. Continuous chip sealing is not a viable solution. We need repaving.
In order to live in a desirable town, you must be willing to fund the services the town should provide. Do you ever see trees getting trimmed in this town? It just doesn't happen anymore.
If we fail to adequately fund our public school system, we won't have to worry that property values are so high. They'll plummet.
Let's pass this budget so we can start to rebuild Brookfield back to the beautiful town it once was. For the welfare of our children and the future of Brookfield, please vote YES on Tuesday, May 29.