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The Winsted Journal Editorial

New budget proposal includes compromises

The Winsted Journal Editorial

The decision by majority Democrats on the Winchester Board of Selectmen to cut nearly $900,000 from their proposed 2012-13 budget was a tough one but assuredly the right one this week, as town leaders sought to appease voters who experienced sticker shock with this year’s first budget proposal. Hopefully this second attempt will be seen as a good faith effort to reduce spending while keeping services alive.

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Strong participation makes for interesting politics

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The amount of interest being shown in Connecticut’s congressional and state legislative races is a sign that the political process is alive and well in the Nutmeg State, particularly in the Northwest Corner, where many fascinating contests are shaping up.
Following state and regional Democratic and Republican conventions, it looks like Winsted will have several important choices to make in the coming months, including at the August primaries and in the general election in November.

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Winsted begins summer early

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While many see Memorial Day weekend as the traditional beginning of summer, Winsted residents get a leg up on the season each year by hosting the town’s annual Rotary Pet Parade and Elks Kids’ Fishing Derby on the third weekend in May. For those who don’t have a calendar handy, that’s this weekend, and it’s time to get outside.

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Budget supporters make good showing

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Winsted residents did the right thing at Monday night’s annual town budget meeting by sending this year’s proposed $32.3 million budget to referendum without cuts. A lack of arguing at the meeting seemed to suggest that a majority of people in town are on board with the budget, which contains a 2.14 mill increase with enough funding to get some road and infrastructure projects started in town.

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School officials deserve apology after audit

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Weeks, months and years of accusations that Winchester school officials somehow stole $636,000 in 2009-10 came to an abrupt end April 27, when a state audit of that year’s school budget revealed that no illegal transactions occurred and that federal grant money was spent properly that year, to maintain staffing levels in the schools after state cutbacks in Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding.

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Modest cuts make sense

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Judging by the tone of Tuesday night’s first public budget hearing for fiscal year 2012-13, the Winchester Board of Selectmen was ready to make significant cuts to Town Manager Dale Martin’s $32.9 million budget proposal, but the Democrats in the majority were also keen on passing something that allowed for serious improvements in certain areas.

School proposal hits a flat note

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Last month’s recommendation by former Connecticut Superintendent of the Year Joseph Castagnola that Winsted tear down its middle school and build a new building for grades pre-K through six didn’t gain any traction this week, particularly among town leaders on the Board of Selectmen, who said they are in no rush to put any such project into motion.
Considering the economic climate in town, the board’s reticence is on the money, so to speak. The town currently doesn’t have enough cash in its fund balance to finance a new school, and many taxpayers do not appear ready to bear the expense.

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Winsted must care for its possessions

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Those of us who remember our childhood lessons will invariably recall a parent or guardian telling us something to the effect of “Why should I give you anything nice if you’re not going to appreciate it?” It’s the kind of thing you would hear when you left your bicycle outside in the rain or decided to set firecrackers off in your Matchbox cars.
If only the town of Winchester had a stern parent who could come to town occasionally and remind us how poorly we are treating our home.

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Selectmen make right decision on MBR funds

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The Winchester Board of Selectmen made the right decision Monday night to transfer more than $730,000 to this year’s school budget and begin paying down a widely publicized shortfall that has left the school system underfunded by more than $1.3 million.

Health district spoils a good thing in Winsted

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Members of the elderly community at Winsted’s Chestnut Grove apartments have plenty to be upset about these days, after the long arm of the law overreached into their affairs and admonished them to stop holding community dinners there without a permit to serve food.

The decree, leveled by the Torrington Area Health District, came in the form of a verbal warning, but the message was clear: Cooking community-style dinners for your neighbors is a health hazard that cannot be tolerated.