Let the Board of Finance Know Why We Are Rejecting the North Haven Budget sign now

We, the undersigned, hereby request the following to be done before a second budget is presented to North Haven voters. We support the education budget and ask that no funds be taken out of it, unless as a result of the inquiry in paragraph 4. By signing this petition, we are sending the message (i) that we want the budget to include accurate estimates of expenses and revenues, (ii) that we want the Town Meeting to approve all budget transfers over $20,000, and (iii) that we want our insurance costs to be lowered, like other towns, and we want to know whether our high insurance costs reflect fraudulent or other illegal or unethical activity.

1. Make accurate estimates of expenses.
That, because it has consistently underestimated energy, maintenance, and overtime expenses, the Board of Finance go through each item in the 2007-2008 town budget, comparing it to the Actual expense figure (for 2006-2007 the Estimated expense figure) for the same item in the three prior fiscal years, and that each time the amount of the current budget item is over 20\% less than the average of the three prior years, the Board of Finance change the current budget item to a figure no less than 10\% less than the three-year average or, if the budget item has been consistently rising (for example, energy expenses), no less than the Estimated expense figure for the 2006-2007 fiscal year. For any budget item where members of the Board of Finance feel that this is too restrictive due to special circumstances, the budget item must be openly debated and a detailed rationale for the Boards decision, if not within the above restrictions, must be put into writing and included as a note to the budget when presented to the public. The Board of Finance will place this policy into a written form to guide it during future fiscal years.

2. Make an accurate estimate of tax collections.
That the Board of Finance use a revenue collection estimate in an amount equal to the average of the actual revenue collection percentage from the prior three fiscal years (including the collection of back taxes). The Board of Finance will place this policy into a written form to guide it during future fiscal years.

3. Recommend an ordinance that requires budget transfers over $20,000 to be approved by the Town Meeting.
That, because last year it approved 37 budget transfers each in the amount of $19,999 in order to get around the state law requiring Town Meeting approval of all transfers over $20,000, the Board of Finance recommend to the Board of Selectmen an ordinance that accomplishes the following: Any budget transfer to or from any budget item, in a total amount greater than $20,000, will be sent to the Town Meeting for approval. In practice, this means that if the difference between the budgeted figure and the actual expense for a budget item is, say, $75,000, and the Board of Finance decides to transfer some of this money out of the contingency or other fund, and/or approve a figure up to $19,999 itself (the legal limit), then the Board of Finance still has to get Town Meeting approval of the entire $75,000 rather than, as in the past, the amount that is left after deducting the amount transferred from a fund and the amount approved by the Board of Finance.

4. Inquire into and make a report on insurance costs and contracts, bringing in a forensic investigator where any irregularities are suspected.
For all insurance contracts of a type handled (generally, not necessarily to the exact specifications) by CIRMA (the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities nonprofit insurance division), that the Board of Finance immediately get quotes from CIRMA and make these quotes (as well as what North Haven has paid for similar insurance over the last five fiscal years, and to which companies or individuals) public, and that the Board of Finance hold one or more public meetings, at which they consider the following issues and then write a report of its findings: (i) the need for the specifications, coverage, and rating of the current insurance contracts/contractors (all insurance policies), relative to their costs; (ii) the adequacy of the bidding or quoting process for these contracts, in terms of the range of contractors and agents who bid, applied, or inquired, and in terms of the prices paid, relative to other towns; (iii) any possible conflicts of interest with respect to these contracts, that is, do any town officials or employees, or any spouse, child, parent, or sibling of any town official or employee, have an interest in or were they employed by the contractor or its agent or subcontractor; and (iv) whether, considering costs and coverage, the policies with current insurance agents and/or contractors, or new policies with CIRMA and other alternative contractors, are more in the public interest.
To the extent that, in the course of this inquiry, any irregularities are found or suspected in any insurance contract or in the bidding or quoting process for it, the Board of Finance will ask that the forensic or forensic-operational auditor investigate the bidding that occurred, if any, and the contractor, subcontractors, and agents to the contractor, to determine if there might have been any fraudulent, or other illegal or unethical acts involved, including acts involved in the bidding process itself, in the writing of specifications, or in any monies from the contract going into the hands of others, including town officials and employees or subcontractors in which town officials or employees, or their relatives, as listed above, have an interest or for which they work.

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Latest Signatures

  • 19 December 2015150. Lisa V
    Leave education budget,no cuts are needed there!!.. the town official side is what needs to be looked at and CUT.
  • 27 November 2015149. Paul Andcheryls
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015148. Margaret T
    Last year, North Haven's town government budget was $9 million MORE than Guilford's, and Guilford's library was open 6 days a week. Do North Haven taxpayers realize that while our library was closed on Fridays, we still had to pay for library staff, light
  • 09 November 2015147. Patricia S
    We need a big change in North Haven NOW. The First Selectman should RESIGN NOW. We have to stop expanding North Haven as it is becoming another New Haven. We have more stores vacant...why are we allowing more to be built? Let's keep North Haven to be a li
  • 25 October 2015146. Thomas B
    I support this petition
  • 30 September 2015145. Kristina S
    I do NOTsupport cutting the education budget AT ALL!! What needs to be done is a thorough review of the officials in this town that have been destroying North Haven and the families and children that live here by compromising them, their eduaction and the
  • 14 September 2015144. Anthony G
    The education budget is underfunded and the town budget is overfunded by greed, corruption, and lies.
  • 04 September 2015143. Salvatore Ls
    I support the budget for education, the library and the pool. Why did it take so long for the latest pool repairs? The past pool repairs should be part of the forensic audit.
  • 30 July 2015142. Margaret V
    Do not interpret this no vote as being against the Education Budget.
  • 29 July 2015141. Nicholas Jml
    I support this petition
  • 23 July 2015140. Martha B
    Please do not cut the education budget. We need to support our children.
  • 04 July 2015139. Timothy W
    It's a vote of no confidence in Mr. Kopetz as CEO and his government that is clearly NOT for the people.
  • 18 June 2015138. Joanne H
    don't make cuts to the education budget!
  • 17 May 2015137. Martin Lpiccirilloeddphdp
    No confidence in budget process and authors.
  • 03 April 2015136. Leisa B
    I support this petition
  • 30 March 2015135. William El
    I feel that there should be a freeze on all wages for all town employees until further notice due to the poor fiscal state of our Town and in the face of an ever increasing tax burden being imposed on it's residents, unless we are contracturally bound by
  • 24 March 2015134. Jessica P
    I support this petition
  • 22 March 2015133. Maria Ep
    I support this petition
  • 07 March 2015132. Carol Ab
    230 Bayard Ave
  • 03 March 2015131. Daniel O
    Do not cut the education budget or the library or the pool. Time and again, I've defended this town and its budget. I've never voted NO before. Recent events (corruption and vicious contract negotiations) dictate that I re-examine my loyalties.
  • 03 February 2015130. Michael S
    I support this petition
  • 02 December 2014129. Janice N
    Do not cut the education budget
  • 21 November 2014128. Joanne G
    I cannot support either side of this budget
  • 26 October 2014127. Rita D
    I support this petition
  • 23 October 2014126. Michelle M
    I support this petition
  • 22 October 2014125. Frank O
    a no vote does not mean the people want all areas changed. Please do not change education side of budget. If anything we need to keep full time kindergarten.
  • 11 September 2014124. Arthur Ls
    I support this petition

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