By Andy Garfunkel
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democratic mayoral hopeful Andy Garfunkel had this to say at Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting:
The Common Council has a difficult job weighing the competing interests here – education and taxes. We’ve heard tonight what our schoolchildren will be lacking if the budget proposed by the mayor and finance director is approved. I encourage this council to fund education to the fullest extent possible, but while doing so, tell the mayor, the department heads and the Board of Education that they have to work harder to find efficiencies and savings in their budgets.
However, as a community, we also have to remember that there are two sides to a balance sheet. It’s easy to complain about the spending side, but we need to do a better job on the revenue side. Increasing the Grand List through a coordinated, sustained and effective program of economic development is what Norwalk needs. Instead of simply raising taxes on our current residents to invest in our schools and necessary city services, we need new revenue. I would encourage the mayor to focus on that every day; and if he doesn’t, this council should make it a priority.