Krumeich brings platform to the voters

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I’m running for first selectman because I will bring a different perspective to town government.

It’s time for a change. Peter Tesei is a good man with a fine family but he stubbornly resists the need for change. He and David Theis have vowed to continue to do what they’ve been doing. But that’s not good enough. My running mate, Selectman Drew Marzullo, and I will address issues facing our schools, our budgeting process and our infrastructure.

Greenwich’s facilities have been allowed to decay and our infrastructure is dilapidated. We’re wasting millions using short-term bonds to pay for long-term projects. Paying for projects over seven years is much more expensive than costs spread over 20 years. It’s unfair to current taxpayers to pay the entire cost rather than raising revenues over the project’s useful life.

Why haven’t we begun taking advantage of low interest rates and financed long-term projects with long-term financing?

Eastern Greenwich Civic Center should have been replaced years ago but is bogged. The Northwest Greenwich firehouse was shunted aside because, in part, the study of townwide fire coverage requested by the BET was never completed. Needed drainage and flood control projects have been delayed and deferred because the first selectman has stubbornly resisted smart long-term financing.

I’ll lead Greenwich rather than simply manage it. Efficient leadership requires long-term planning to identify problems and initiative to implement solutions. Too often needs are unmet because consultant reports are unheeded or matters are delegated to committees to languish.

I’ll bridge the gap between town and school officials because excellent public education is the cornerstone of Greenwich’s future. My leadership as a president of the League of Women Voters, co-president of the North Street PTA, secretary of the Central Middle School PTA and the Junior League has given me a broad background.

I’ve witnessed the strained relationship between the Board of Education and Board of Estimate and Taxation. I can bring stakeholders together and lead a discourse regarding the school budget that not only supports current programs but paves the way for capital projects.

Vote smart. Vote for change Nov. 5.

 

Beth Krumeich
Greenwich

The author is the Democratic candidate for Greenwich first selectman.

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