Petition to the Brookfield Board of Finance: The undersigned voters of the Town of Brookfield, CT support as low a budget increase as possible in spending on town government and education for 2008-09. While we respect and admire the hard work of our Boards of Education and Selectmen, 2008 is a year where our Board of Finance - Messrs. Belden, Martino, Nepomuceno, Petta, O\'Reilly, and Tinsley - must be supported in their calls for a budget conscious of these uncertain times. The housing market is at an all time low and our nation faces an economic recession, fiscal prudence is needed at a local level and sacrifices need to be made. Brookfield voters, in the last six budget referendums, demanded the Board of Finance curb taxes and spending and be cautious in these uncertain times. In both instances - 2006 and 2002 - where the Board of Finance "gave the chance to vote on a higher budget", Brookfield voters turned out in record numbers to reject it. The ending result after multiple referendums was a budget much lower than the Board of Finance\'s original proposal. Doing this again in 2008 would meet the same fate and Brookfield does not need it again. We urge the Board of Finance to demonstrate this fiscal responsibility and keep the spending increase as low as possible. The undersigned includes supporters of the former (Murphy) administration and current (Silvaggi) administration. We are Republicans, Democrats, and Unaffiliated voters. Past any party or personal affiliation, we are Brookfielders. Please give the overwhelming, but silent majority the chance we deserve a chance to pass a responsible, affordable budget at the first referendum.
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