Balance Sheet Dilemma...Rookie Mayor Ben Blake Raises Milford's Property Taxes.

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Milford continues to slide down the list of the most heavily taxed cities in CT. Although we are not a Hartford or Bridgeport with Mill rates ranging from 50 to 70, well... all you need to know is that we keep growing Government in Milford, and our Rookie boards, Commissions and Mayor are making the same costly mistakes of their predecessors.

With Apx. 73% of the City balance sheet now liabilities (SEE CFR STATS) we can expect "A lot less for a lot More" and if you think I am kidding just compare Milford to our close neighbor right across the Housatonic river.

Shelton, a town near Sikorsky Aircraft, has a Mill Rate that is nearly 1/2 of ours. What are our inexperienced leaders doing wrong? Personally I think its absolutely everything, but mostly I believe our reliance on the bad advice of consultants, combined with pressure from local union leaders with a financial interest in Milford is a large part of the problem.

To make a case in point one just needs to look at the New Haven Ave. Firehouse constructed at a cost that was five times more than any other auxiliary fire department, however Blake in his view was convinced by the former Fire Chief that this was a "Good Idea" and voted to appropriate a multi-million dollar initial appropriation of which included hundreds of thousands of dollars for blue prints, all along accusing the Republicans for overspending a few hundred dollars on office chairs.

This, however, pales in comparison to the effect of those local forces tapping our town treasury. Blake has made several feeble attempts, or in his words "doing his best" to reject any policy that responsibly curtails organized labors dependency on public financing, or reject the intrusion of unfunded mandates.

The Unions and special interests in Milford have clearly demonstrated they have a financial interest in maintaining a co-dependent relationship with our Mayor, and in my opinion their long history of keeping well financed and locally entrenched candidates in key city positions prove this as a real threat to the financial interests and property rights of all Milford citizens.

Truly Challenging years are still ahead, and I think we should go easy on Blake for
now. We should not blame him, or anyone for that matter, because they try their "best" and do not get the desired or intended results. Perhaps Blake is the victim of bad advice from his staffers or advisors.

However,  I believe charisma and a sincere effort to succeed is less than what the people of Milford deserve right now. To borrow a phrase from the movie "The Rock" with Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery, I am getting a bit exhausted with the excuse used by those who allege to do their "Best""losers always say they are doing their best! Winners court the prom queen!" and Milford has yet to see that from this Mayor and his latest Tax Hike, during a historic global recession, is something to think about.

Mirror Article Citation:

http://www.milfordmirror.com/ 3419/ preliminary-2013-14-budget-woul d-see-owner-of-typical-home-pay-155-more-in-taxes/

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Robert Jochim February 05, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Municipal unions will ultimately be the death of "the american dream."
Rich Smith February 05, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Remember, this is the same Rocco Frank who tried to sell his Party's nomination for a paid city job, I'm surprised he hasn't chosen to hide away. Of course, his facts are wrong and, he knows nothing about the city budget process. The Mayor cannot and does not raise taxes. The Board of Fiance will take the draft of a budget and hold public hearing. They can make changes to it, as can the Board of Aldermen - who ultimately decide on the budget. Also a factor is the revenue side - which has not been firmed up yet. So. "Mr Independent - give me a paid job Frank" has his facts wrong - again.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Nice to hear from you Mr. Smith AKA the Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee who led the charge against Jim Richetelli and his Republicans over a few hundred Dollars in Chair appropriations. The Fatcs do not lie, Click my link above on the NH Ave Firehouse that you were mum on when Blake thought it prudent and a great idea to spend 5M on a firehouse that by all estimates should have cost 2M at most. Love it or hate, It is all very well documented including Blakes vote as an Alderman, as well as his comments, as reference in the NH Register. As far as jobs go lets talk about you, Mr. Police commissioner with no law enforcement background as was appointed by Mr. Blake for a reward of you protective behavior toward him and the Democratic party, lets also talk about Blake trading the Police Union endorsement to employ his deputy mayor Mr. Fornier a former police union member himself, who now recieves a combined pension and salary of about $180,000.00 a year, and lets talk about our latest tax increase partly due to the fact that Mr. Blake, (as quoted in Patch) had to "Bail out the union pension fund" that Richetelli had 100% funded just 2 years ago. This is all documented in the NH Register and on my blog. www.milforddailyblog.com and there is more.... (see next comment)
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 03:26 PM
You need to get honest and admit that Blake is a Rookie mayor who is really off to a terrible start. If you still do not believe me, and you wish to distort the facts with your classless imaaturity and name calling, I suggest you look at the CAFRS showing that MR. Blake also squandered 8M off the city balance sheet and increased our debt service to the 300M mark or in other words almost 2 years of citywide tax collection. Its reasons like this that the Bic Corporation ditched Milford for Shelton (a few miles away) where Property taxes are way lower than ours.
JE February 05, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Dear Mr. Frank, Please supply the patch link where a patch reporter quoted this: "Bail out the union pension fund" .... your quotes.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Sure JE here it is and thanks for asking I always demand proof myself. http://milford.patch.com/articles/mayor-s-budget-calls-for-2-7-tax-increase “There will need to be a significant increase in Milford's pension contribution based on the decline in the value of pension assets experienced during the market downturn between 2007 and 2009.” This is inconsistent with the Comment made by Jim Richetelli who said the pension fund was 100% overfunded. Even though the article below suggests there was twice as much funding that was required then, this was later clarified by financial reporter Don Hutchinson who frequently writes about money matters as to mean 100% funded not overfunded. This was also confirmed as such by the Richetelli administration to be factually true during this period. So the question begs, where did the money go? Was it mal-investment, or maybe an unwarranted attempt to pump up the fund to yield higher undeserved future benefits? Since no one bails out my IRA or yours I find paying higher taxes, to be allocated to someone else’s pension fund very unfair and frustrating. http://www.ctbulletin.com/articles/2011/07/14/news/doc4e1efcc6211ad989136370.txt
Michael Brown February 05, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Rocco, you need to start writing on WorldNetDaily or Breitbart. They love conspiracy theories.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Great to hear from you Mike, just so I may introduce you properly you are a member of the Democratic town Committee and an ardent supporter of every Democratic Cause and so Communist causes. If my memory serves me well you once said to me that Joelle Fishman the chair of the Communist USA Party was not my "fathers type of Communist." Is it fair to say that you believe Communism in America is much friendlier and more progressive today.... or am I playing into some kind of conspiracy theory as you like to liberally allege?
MCF February 05, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Mr. Frank, is your true position that Democrats are Communists to full meaning of communism? Sincere question as I want to understand better your statement above. Thank you.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Manny thank you for your question, Political parties were best summed up by George Washington, there are a great many quotes and I agree with most of them but to be more concise about my personal views, I believe political parties are more about the person, and my comments are directed at the aforementioned individuals who have a long demonstrable history of protecting their own rational interests. I have found that the term Democrat, Republican, or even Independent for that matter is a misnomer, because there are those individuals out there like Mike, a registered Democrat, who are of the opinion that Communists in New Haven are progressive and support healthy issues like social security and like social programs. What I am getting at here, is that folks in our town are losing their way, they forget that the country in which we live is a Constitutional Republic not a creation of their own choosing.
JE February 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM
That's what I thought. Thank you. This is the only quote attributed to Mayor Blake in that article link: "I am proud of our City's exceptional government and believe this budget keeps Milford's financial future on a prudent path," Mayor Blake said. (direct quote by Patch). NO WHERE in that article is Mayor Blake quoted as saying anything about a bail out. No where. The rest of your rambling response to me is inconsequential as you have shown me by the one direct answer to my question you are full of it.
Michael Brown February 05, 2013 at 08:32 PM
. . . maybe you should write for the National Enquirer. But only if you take time out from pamphleteering for the John Birch Society.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 08:36 PM
JE I do not know you what is your name? We all are pretty open about who we are, however, none of here know who you are. Could you be kind enough to share with us who you are?
MCF February 05, 2013 at 08:41 PM
It would be a sad day for Milford to lose it's way, I love this city! As a point of clarification, Mr Frank, isn't social security a program funded through payroll deductions by individuals paying in for their benefit down the road? I don't regard payroll funded 'programs' as social 'nets' or an indication of communist tendencies - quite honestly I am tired of the mis-use of terms such as socialism, communism, facism, marxism etc being used to overstate or instill some impending doom to our way of life - it's all so very draining. If fact, these labels are often inappropriately used to the degree in which their true meaning is bastardized and bears no semblance to reality. We can all do with a lot less drama and to your point, party posturing.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Mike just wanted to say something nice about you, even though we are both very different in our political views. I appreciate knowing that I am actually communicating with you and not someone hiding behind an avatar. I also respect that you put yourself out there to push your views and beliefs even in the wake of the intense criticism you sometimes garner. I think I will always know where you stand, and I respect your passion for free speech.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 08:58 PM
JE The link starts by saying "Mayor Blake cites the following key factors as responsible for the City's budget increase:" perhaps its not a "Direct quote" but rather a "Citation" if you wish to "split hairs" but none the less both are thoughts and arguments eminating from the Blake administration. My intention is to not to create controversy with this post, but to instead "cut to the chase" of the mistakes that are being made to bring awareness, and explanation, and to suggest that responsibility is a good thing. For instance if you google "Obama Blames" you will get 700K results on articles everywhere. This post is about personal responsibility and an end to blame and blaming... the staple of most troubled political administrations. This is why facts are so relevant.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Political parties are rapidly becoming irrelevant, they are a means to an ends and as time goes on I would hope to see the old party mandates go the way of the "horse and buggy" What we need today is Honest leaders to to get elected on a party line but vote on the issues, and not have fear of party consequences of doing the right thing. We happily cross endorse to show our support for people who are honest and who do right by us the people of our community. We encourage people to vote, and we encourage people to be independent and not associate with a political party.
Michael Brown February 05, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I think irrelevance too when I hear from you Rocco.
JE February 05, 2013 at 11:08 PM
I think you, Mr. Frank, are the one who needs to be a bit more honest. You very clearly say the mayor is quoted by the patch as saying a bailout. Just go back and read what you wrote. That could not be farther from the truth. Patch cited the mayors reasons and Patch wrote -- •There will need to be a significant increase in Milford's pension contribution based on the decine in the value of pension assets experienced during the market downturn between 2007 and 2009. Enough said.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Sorry for the confusion JE I was using the word BAILOUT based on the citation from the mayors office where he said to Patch “There will need to be a significant increase in Milford's pension contribution based on the decline in the value of pension assets experienced during the market downturn between 2007 and 2009.” So I shortened it to what it is... a BAILOUT. Unless of course you would argue that what I am reading does not constitute a BAILOUT I would love to hear what you think it is in your expert logical opinion.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 05, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Mike you are cute and a loyal cheerleader for the Democratic Party they are lucky to have such a spirited websurfing commentator like yourself. I hope they appreciate you and include you in their spoils for the abuse you take.
R Pate February 06, 2013 at 12:18 AM
You guys can argue all you want but the bottom line is the Milford tax payers are screwed AGAIN.
JE February 06, 2013 at 02:45 AM
If you don`t like being called out then be ethical when you post. You attributed a direct quote that clearly was not said and you emphasized by also saying as quoted by patch. You can interpret what he said any way you want, but then it`s your opinion, not a quote. My opinion - I don`t like these unions any more than you do. You can piss and moan all you want it`s not going to change. At best if it ever does change it`'ll be for future employees. I`m not losing any sleep over it.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 06, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Good morning Gentlemen, I hope you all had a good night's sleep, and are ready to get back on target. Our current Mayor ran for office by saying he was the most experienced candidate and asked all residents to send him ideas where the city could save money. I can only assume that his private suggestion box was filled by well wishers, but to date the Mayor has yet to make public all the suggestions he received. All this means is that any proposal he makes is not an original thought but one he has obtained from a civic minded resident. After over 20 years of Republican administrations, the citizens of Milford have decided to give the Democrats an opportunity to show how they would improve Milford. I will give the Mayor high marks on how he handled "Sandy", but that matter is only half done. Public funds have yet to reach the afflicted citizens. As for the basic issues here in Milford, Taxes, under this administration are going up, so Democrats are no different than the Republicans they have replaced. In the next election, we elect members of the Town boards and the majority on the BOE and the BOA will be hard put to show how they reduced the cost of government for the taxpayers. What we are seeing is that anyone can spend money, but it is much harder to put taxpayer money where your mouth is and say look I reduced your taxes or at least I didn't raise them. Rick and Mike, speak positive and not defensive. Thanks.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM
You are somewhat correct Ron when I ran for Mayor in 2008 I passed along several suggestions. If you replay the debates at the Church in 2008 you will see some of the things he did to save us money. These include shopping for cheaper insurance as was devised by myself and Lou Elmo, that year I passed along to Dan German the renegotiating of our energy rates something I did for Tom Marsh who was the First selectman of Chester at the time, and I also insisted on the merging of our High schools, yet to be implemented and also the deployment of federal energy grants to reduce our energy bills with green schools yet to be deployed. In my hands I have enough proven ideas and grant programs to bring our city into the future and personally I am getting tired of making suggestions to an administration that I does not have a vision, is afraid to take risks, and insists on doing things the same as they always were. If you want to see a truly revolutionary model for an energy efficient city that saves millions look no further than here. http://ronpaultv.blogspot.com/2010/09/milfords-100-million-dollar-educational.html


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