Some Inconvenient Truths (For Miron)

13Oct09
November 3rd: Finals

November 3rd: Finals

We thought we would take a moment and dispel a few of the campaign points listed on Mayor Moron’s website. It seems unbelievable that there would be something positive to talk about in the four years since we’ve been inflicted with James R. Miron. The simple answer is that it is unbelievable.

“Stabilization and lowering of property taxes”

2006: increase of 12%
2007: increase of 9%
2008: increase of 3%
2009: Election year! No increase! (unless you count deferred raises next year)

Your individual property taxes may have gone up considerably more due to revaluation.

Total average increase: 25.74%

“Growth of Town’s Grand List through economic development”

We are at a loss to find any major improvement in new businesses coming to Stratford.

“Improvement of Town services”

We are unaware of any grading system in place to measure the quality of Town services. We suppose by “improvement” he means that there are still some services left. It should be noted that James R. Miron has fired 50+ qualified talented professionals during his administration.

“Proper funding of our education system”

This one actually took us a while to stop laughing. Not a single budget has been proposed where Mayor Moron hasn’t called for drastic cuts in the BOE budget. The communication between Miron and school superintendent Irene Cornish is so bad that everything must be in writing.

“Environmental achievements”

Smarts cars again? Really?

“Infrastructure improvements to improve our Town”

We love this one. Nearly $500,000 to build a secure bunker in Town Hall. There are also the flowers that Public Works spends nearly all their time maintaining. Unless it’s on a school grounds. Then they must ignore them.

“Creation of a local veteran tax relief program”

Amazingly, this happened in an election year. We’ll let Veterans do that math.

“Enhancement of our senior tax relief program.”

It is our recollection that the Town Council corrected the bracket problem in the Senior Tax Relief Program. We also wonder if he’s including trips to the Big E in that.

“Improved the Town’s Bond Rating (credit rating)”

We see this one a lot. It is almost true. If you bend it far enough. While the Town’s credit rating did go up, so did it’s revenue (25.74% tax increase). It is similar to receiving a 25.74% raise and having your own credit score improve.

“Delivered three consecutive budget surpluses”

Once again, if you raise taxes enough…. However, it should also be noted that each of these “surpluses” amounted to less than 1% of each budget. This year it was a meager 0.12%.

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33 Responses to “Some Inconvenient Truths (For Miron)”

  1. 1 1george1

    Jeze,
    The above looks like a GREAT Letter to the Editor.
    I notice that you touched upon the REAL KEY for the increase
    in taxes and the GRAND LIST = Reevaluation!

    A couple Republicans told me separate stories about someone
    who had an old car or old piece of equipment assessed for $ 25 k,
    and their real value is probably well under $ 5 k.
    – It is hearsay.
    – I can not use hearsay, except noting it on the blog.

    Because Miron controls the numbers and because all of a sudden
    documents downloaded from a prior (Play write) blog disappeared,
    I make printed copies of Mironformation. Just in case.

    Harkins might even give a no show job at the Train Station 😉
    for whoever sent this information as letter to the Editor?

  2. 2 1george1

    How does a grand list go up when:

    2006 – 2007 Mobil Chemical goes from 350 to 150 to NO JOBS?
    Nov 2008 Dianon Systems moves 350 jobs to Shelton?
    Mid 2009 – I spoke to Mr. Ridolfi of Dresser. They were ate 44o jobs.
    At one time Dresser + Dictaphone had 1,100 jobs.
    2005 Dresser was back up to 700 job, if my info is correct from 400?
    2009 Office Depot closed

    Home Depot closes early on Sunday

    OK Gotta admit the BIG Y complex had to help the Grand List.

  3. 3 1george1

    Increase 100 % by 12 % = 112 %
    Increase 112 % by 9 % = 10.8 % increase over the base of 100 % = 122.8%
    increase 122.8 % by 3 % = .0366 % increase to 126.46 % of base or 100 %

    The 3 year average is OVER 6 %, due to compounding
    The 4 year average is OVER 4 %, due to compounding

    What ever happened to 2 % Cap?

    Compound that?

  4. 4 jezebel282

    George,

    There are so many things in the Town budget that simply don’t make any sense at all.

    What is truly a wonder is finding any accounting firm to approve it. Like tracking the $445,000 generated by the RR Station….

    Nonetheless, Miron has raised property taxes by a minimum of $22 MILLION. My guess is that is probably much more.

  5. 5 ronmoreau

    ” Nonetheless, Miron has raised property taxes by a minimum of $22 MILLION. My guess is that is probably much more.”

    Jez,

    You are correct.

    The tax burden has shifted to the homeowner. My, fix rate mtg., has increased almost 30% in the last 5 years. All taxes.

    A major failure of the current administration to promote economic developement.

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Ron,

    “My, fix rate mtg., has increased almost 30% in the last 5 years. All taxes.”

    You can’t raise taxes 26% without anyone noticing. Miron’s boast of “improved” bond ratings, “surpluses” and “lower” taxes are not your usual political lies. They are absolutely blatant and egregious lies.

    As far as I can tell according to the budgets produced by John Norko, Rich Buturla and Berchem Moses & Devlin are the biggest individual winners. We, of course, are the losers. And that’s based only on what gets published in the budget.

    When he finally takes office, we hope Mr. Harkins will appoint a forensic auditor and perhaps recover some of our hard earned tax dollars.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    And then of course there is this:

    You read it in the Post:

    Republican council leaders spar with mayor over airport deal
    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Updated: 10/14/2009 12:09:40 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — Republican Town Council leaders angrily accused Democratic Mayor James R. Miron late Tuesday of “failing” to keep his long-standing promise to prevent runway expansion at Sikorsky Memorial Airport.

    The airport, located in Stratford but owned by Bridgeport, is also across the street from the Army Engine Plant, which is the site of town plans for extensive economic development. As if the Nateras are poised to pump tens of millions of dollars into remediation…

    Council leaders, led by Majority Leader Michael Julian, R-1, who represents the airport district, questioned why a court-ordered 1978 agreement between Bridgeport and Stratford that mandates “permission from the town for the acquisition of land for extension of airport runways” is not being cited by the mayor and Town Attorney Richard Buturla to stop the impending transfer of land to the city that will result in runway improvements and re-routing of Main Street in Stratford. Because Rich Buturla is now busy making $350/hour representing Bridgeport and Steele Point.

    During a loud and heated exchange at a council meeting in Town Hall, Julian said Miron has been “holding secret meetings and discussions” with Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and reaching a “back room” agreement with him on airport expansion in exchange for allowing a deal with the Army Engine Plant to go forward.

    Julian shouted that the mayor had not kept the council informed on developments that last week resulted in a federal judge in New Haven giving the green light for sale of the former Army Engine Plant to Hollywood East and transfer of a nearby acre of land to Bridgeport and the Federal Aviation Administration for extension of a runway safety zone.

    Miron, however, countered that Julian was using the issue as part of the GOP’s political efforts to discredit him just three weeks before the election, and insisted the Army Engine Plant deal was separate from the airport runway improvements.

    “I appreciate your impassioned speech, Mr. Julian, that just happens to be coming 20 days before the election,” Miron said. “What a coincidence that this is being brought up at the final council meeting before the (Nov. 3) election. I know this will all make great little sound bites for the reporters, but you don’t know all the facts.”I think that was the point, Jimmy. What are the facts? The fact is that YOU are allowing Bridgeport to steal more land and lower heavily taxed property values.

    Council Parliamentarian Joseph Kubic, R-9, countered that “this has nothing to do with politics. This is about an important issue to Stratford residents in which many questions still need to be answered, but haven’t been.”

    Julian shouted out at the mayor that he had kept “vital information from the council.
    “You have failed our community and our residents, Mr. Mayor, by failing to keep this council informed about the court proceedings that will result in expansion of the airport and re-routing of Main Street,” Julian told Miron. “This agreement, or court settlement, also contradicts a 1978 court agreement that states Bridgeport is requested to seek permission from Stratford to extend the runways for a safety zone. Where is the leadership? Where is the transparency? Where is the mayor?” Julian asked.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Charles S. Haight Jr. lifted his April-imposed stays last week on several lawsuits and denied what Miron said was a desperate political attempt by Stratford Republicans to throw a wrench into the impending sale of the engine plant. That attempt surfaced in the form of a motion to intervene filed by Kevin Kelly and Garrett A. Denniston on behalf of the Stratford Water Pollution Control Authority (comprised of council members), which claims a portion of its sanitary sewer system would be rendered inaccessible if Bridgeport receives the acre.

    Miron reiterated Tuesday that the effort was “without question a political attempt by (Stratford’s) Republican leadership to obstruct the progress we have made at all costs. I’m still thankful it didn’t work.” Obstruct progress? Your plans to give away Stratford are proceeding as planned? What’s your cut from the Nateras anyway?

    Earlier in the meeting Marcia Stewart, president of Stratford Protect Your Environment, urged the council to take action to stop the runway expansion. “We have no say in any of this, how come?” asked Stewart. “This is a deal that must be dead on arrival.”

    In June, a chartered jet carrying six passengers skidded into a fence bordering the Main Street end of the runway where the safety zone would be increased by the extra acre. None of the passengers were injured. However, a similar crash in 1994 killed eight people. If you keep landing on the only runway with an obstruction at one end…..

    As it stands now, Miron is the first, and so far only elected official, that has assisted Bridgeport in its efforts to take more land from Stratford and extend the runway. But no one should be surprised. Nowhere in his campaign literature or recent statements has he opposed airport expansion. In fact, at the last debate, he clearly stated that an expanded airport should be a joint venture between Bridgeport and Stratford. I believe the joint venture means that Bridgeport gets an expanded airport and Stratford gets the joint inserted anally.

  8. 8 1george1

    Whereas Julian rambled about Burturla, Gavin’s short questioning
    drew blood, about the conflict of interest.

    Burturla can dance with legalese, using chinese wall terms to
    justify “conficts of interest” because something is NOT “active”
    NOW, while the counter part is active.

    Julian seemed both sincere, since he is not running, and I do know he
    does care about Lordship, and I believe he was posturing for neighbors.

    However, Miron did point out stratford did NOT have legal standing in
    the ARMY owning the AVCO property talking to Bridgeport.
    Miron was also correct in that nothing is finalized.

    However a slightly different deal done, last night, suggests ……

  9. 9 1george1

    It was Julian, Gavin, & Tom Moore who selected the Charter
    Revision Commission.

    It was Tom Moore, Gavin, & Kubic who selected the Financial
    Advisory Commission……

    Above is prelude.

    I was not able to get to Town Council until after 8:00 pm.
    Near the front I saw Misters Crudo, Camillo, Scinto, Hoydic &
    a couple others
    Near the back was Misters Cybart & Imbro.

    I had an errand to run, but I strongly suspected it would be a long night
    and that Mr. Camillo was there for a reason?

    – I ran the errand, grabbed a bite to eat and came back to here the
    fireworks.

    – After a while there was a brief break.

    – After the break, Alvin talked about a Minority contractor denied on an
    EMS thing, and pointed out that he and Jimmy just discussed.
    RADAR ALERT.
    – Alvin postured mightily

    Near the end of the night with most people gone, there came up the
    selection of the “minority contractor” who was selected to build the
    animal shelter (if I heard right)

    Bottom line: Julian knocked the “minority contractor’s references” and
    recommended a company that sounded like “OLYMPUS.”

    I believe the vote was 9 – 0 for OLYMPUS.

    Hmmmmm?

    Immediatedly, Camillo (now alone about 11:40 pm) jumped up and bounced
    towards the back of the room, walked towards the Mayor’s office or the
    front stairways, joined by another man, and left.

    Hmmmmm?

    I wonder who owns Olympus? (or whatever the name of the company?)

    I was very impressed that neither ALVIN nor the MAYOR protested and
    I am pretty sure the vote was unanimous!

    Hmmmmmm?

    Does that suggest anything about what happened in Town Hall and from
    Weizel’s story?

  10. 10 jezebel282

    George,

    Geeze!

    “a company that sounded like “OLYMPUS.”

    I hope it was “Olympus” and not Ocean West.

  11. 11 nomoreyears

    What truly is amazing is this buffoon believes he has legitimate accomplishments in his tenure as mayor. In reality they are superficial. Window dressing accomplishments do not count!

  12. 12 1george1

    I was told by someone it is Olympus.
    That person was told by someone who was told by a Town Councilor.

    I understand Mayor Miron will be teaching classes in creative writing
    1 – political science fiction;
    2 – creating mountains of accomplishments from molehill Budget line items;
    3 – fuzzy math for clearly and plainly evasive evidentiary accounting;
    4 – convincing tax payers with actual tax bills, they were an exception;
    5 – plagarizism 101;
    6 – ponzi shell games and slight of hand;
    7 – smoke screens and distorting mirror imaging

    I heard it is underwriten by the Harkins / Berchem / Willinger group?

  13. 13 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    This thread is about inconvenient truths about Mayor Miron…..but it is very convenient as well. (convenient for him)

    I just got a letter from my mtg. company today. I not only got a reduction in my mtg., by $50 per month, but I’m getting a check in the mail for what I overpaid this past year. ( We overpaid for the last 4 years)

    How convenient. Just 2 weeks before the election. Presto changeo.

    My fixed rate mtg. went cookoo in the last 4 years (all escroll,all taxes) and conveniently I get a reduction and a check back 2 weeks before the election.

    Amaising.

    I’m elated.

    I’m so happy.

    I’m so confused…. NOT.

    It’s just more ‘Smoke and Mirrors.’

    I just hope everyone is not fooled by this ‘typical’ political ploy.

  14. 14 ronmoreau

    Mr. Mayor,

    Throwing me a bone just 2 weeks before your run for reelection?

    Fool me for the last 4 years, shame on you.

    Fool me just 2 weeks before the election…. SHAME ON ME.

  15. 15 ronmoreau

    …..However I can’t give the all the credit to the Mayor for my tax reduction.

    I recently checked on my Veteran take exemption with the tax office and found out I was not getting any for years. My fault.

    It was investigated and corrected by the tax office.

    I urge all veterans and widows of veterans check with the tax office to make sure that they are getting their exemption.

  16. 16 mikereynolds

    Ron,

    Are they classifying a vetern as anyone who served in the military?

    If so I should get down there. What paperwork do you need to show proof?

  17. 17 ronmoreau

    Michael,

    Yes, The U.S. military.

    I believe that’s all you need is 6 months of active duty service. All you will need to bring with you is a copy of your dd214. You will get a $4600 tax exemtion. Which means if your house is accessed at $100,000 (for a simple example) the town knocks $4600 of the assessed value. Your taxes will be based on 75% of your new assessed value of $100,000 minus $4600=$95,000. You can apply the exeption to you car or home.

    There is new Veteran tax relief program as well. Which depends on your income. If you make over a certain amount you will not qualify. Ask about it when you go to the tax office.

    Good luck.

  18. 18 ronmoreau

    Sorry about the typos. Old lap top.

  19. 19 mikereynolds

    Thanks Ron.

  20. 20 ronmoreau

    Semper Fi

  21. 21 sudds

    “$100,000 minus $4600=$95,000”

    ❓ ❓ ❓ 😛

  22. 22 jezebel282

    It’s a good thing they aren’t veterans of the Math War.

  23. 23 ronmoreau

    Sudds,

    LMAO,

    I did that for your benefit. I was wondering how long it would take you to chime in.

    Exemption isn’t spelled…exemtion or exeption either.

    I know I should edit my posts before hitting the submit key.

  24. 24 starlooker

    Mine went down also and I also received a check from my Mortgage Company …. I felt the same way Ron…. I am glad it went down a bit and I received a check but a few weeks before election? Grasping at straws if you ask me.

  25. 25 jezebel282

    Mine went down too about $8. But I seem to remember it going up in ’06, ’07 and ’08. MUCH more than $8.

  26. 26 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    I forgot to mention that the exemption for widows of veterans is DOUBLE that of veterans.

  27. 27 sudds

    “the exemption for widows of veterans is DOUBLE that of veterans”

    THANK GOD I’m not a veteran or Mrs. Sudds might finally (LOL) have the necessary motive to “off” me!!!

  28. 28 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Are you absolutely certain she does not have sufficient motive currently? I would vote to acquit.

    Sleep well, buddy.

  29. 29 jezebel282

    Update:

    State NAACP president to visit Thursday

    Written by John Kovach
    Wednesday, 28 October 2009 09:40

    Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP will be the speaker at a community meeting at Birdseye Complex Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., honoring Deputy Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Maffett as Stratford’s first minority deputy chiefs for public safety.

    Special recognition will be given to Mayor James R. Miron for his commitment to “increasing the number of qualified minority candidates for open positions, and for the establishment of the Citizens Addressing Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.),” according to a press release.

    The event, hosted by Councilman Alvin O’Neal, and council candidate Stephanie Philips, will be open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

    Really? Oct 29th? Not Nov 5th? Why is that? Oh right…pandering to seniors probably won’t do much for Jimmy.

    Did anyone see Irene Cornish’s name on the list? Is she too “sleazy”? Maybe too short? Too female? Are they going to talk about overcrowding at Stratford Academy? Or how poorly maintained it is?

    And who is Jimmy not pandering to? Parents, young working couples, union members and professionals.

  30. 30 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    SLEASY,(webster)

    a-lacking firmness or texture.

    b-Carelessly made of inferior materials.

    I remember when the Mayor refered to Dr. Cornish as “sleezy’. I wonder which definition the Mayor meant?

    Now he is Honored by the NAACP?

    I wonder if Mr.Scot X. Esdaile is aware of this incident and whether he would bestow this great honor to our mayor?

  31. 31 ronmoreau

    OOPS,

    The word is actully SLEAZY.

  32. 32 1george1

    I would be impressed if an award was given by Bill Cosby.

    I wonder how many “minority leaders” also have the cocaine franchize
    under their respective areas?

    I wonder how many people in jail have Democratic Congress and party
    control over the ara they grew up and / or were domociled prior to
    incarceration?

    Wasn’t sleezy one of stratford’s seven dwarfs?
    You remember, Kevin Kelly and 6 assistant town attorneys, including a (R) + (D)
    (T Cotter + Burturla) from the Berchem Law firm, uncle of Louie-Louie (Blando),
    a past T-berry partner (Foreman), and a (D – Jackson) who is a name partner to Kevin (R) Kelly’s firm, along with Florek (R), on town payroll since 1989.

    Only ones no longer involved in the office were Gilardi & Ahlberg.
    But then prior known associates in the office include Knott, Miron, Williams,
    and a host of others.

  33. 33 1george1

    Anyone have a complete list of lawyers involved in Stratford?

    Town Councilors, include Kubek, Williams, Kent Miller, Hilgen.
    Kurmay is probait
    Wasn’t Rodie or Capazzello in mix?
    Jon August was on CRC # 2
    Ex-Army Judge Advocate Barry S – presented on behalf of Willinger-Bucci
    for Norm’s Team Stratford # 2 – MONTY PYTHON Posillyco

    How about a list of those subcontract lawyers in Bridgeport, Hartford,
    New Haven, NYC, & DC

    Has Berchump missed anyone?


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