Spending continues and yet growth is non existent in our City, state and country. Our grand list has gone down for the first time in many years and yet the budget continues to grow.
What happens next year when the revaluation goes into affect?
I feel bad for those seniors who live on fixed incomes and can't afford another increase in taxes.
Middletown Republican Town Committee Vice Chairman
Mr. Wilson true but not all seniors are on a fixed income. Many worked when this country had defined benefit pensions. I feel sorry for the young who will never ever collect a defined benefit pension and must support the well off seniors. Look at Middletown's common council, who serves on it that is not drawing a pension or two from the public sector? If they are not drawing two pensions, they are drawing one and working on their second one. The day of reckonning is coming very soon.ReplyDelete
Could not agree more. The people in power are the problem. They are greedy and self serving and every way. Anon at 2:24 is 100% right. Time for young leaders to take over and set things right. We need people with the right intentions, not just with connections.ReplyDelete
councilmembers not drawing pensions - klekowski, faulkner, berch, bartolotta, daleyReplyDelete
daley works for the state, batolottas husband works for the city as a cop, kleko works for MXCC, and Berch works for a union hall... Grady it isReplyDelete
Drew said he would NOT raise the taxes in 2011 when he ran against sebster.. Guess what? He liedReplyDelete
Those who worked in the private sector with defined benefit pensions mostly had to pay into those plans - somewhere around 5%. Also, such private defined pension plans did not have inflation clauses, so over time they became closer to worthless. I have an aunt who is 93 and is in this situation. She worked until she was 70, but now is struggling financially because her fixed pension is the same as when she retired 23 years ago. Worse, social security has developed schemes to keep cost of living increases next to nothing. There aren't as many fat cat seniors out there as you think, unless they worked in government. And when you find wealthy seniors, invariably it's because they worked, saved and planned all their adult lives for retirement. Now there are those who would punish these retirees for leading responsible lives. Go figure.ReplyDelete
Daly will draw a six figure pension when he retires from the State. True someone who retired as a Blue Collar worker at Pratt & Whitney after 35 years, may get about 15K with no COLA. Unlike the former Mayor of Middletown who retired from the state and got 164K last year with a yearly 3 percent COLA.ReplyDelete
Kleckowski is/was only a contractor with MXCC.ReplyDelete
It is true. Tom Serra makes $165K in pension from the state. GROSS
Its funny how comments always tie Mary Bartolotta in with her husband. Cant she be her own person?ReplyDelete
If Mary wants to be her own person, then she should run as a republican. Because as a dem, she doesn't or can't go against the other Dems. Even if she wanted to!ReplyDelete
what the game these choads are playing. mr. russo standing on the dock at harbor park on the front page of the press- now the budget will go up- drew gets to give his speech and say oh i am only raising taxes a little then a week later we find out we need a new dock for city fire and a new sewer pump station - clever!! deliberately left out of the initial budget so danny can pat himself on the back and say he only raised taxes 3%! This administration has at more monthly appropriations than any other- people don't see it- the budget is a holy holy mess like swish cheese!ReplyDelete