Trumbull RTC Position Paper on Ballot Questions

To all –

Here is the official Trumbull RTC position on the Ballot questions on November 4th.  The full text of the document, including the proposed Charter Revisions, is attached.

Official Position Paper

2014 Ballot Questions

There will be three questions on the ballot on November 4th, 2014. This is the official position of the Trumbull RTC regarding these questions.

1. Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?  VOTE NO

Reason: While we support the right to vote and providing access to voting to people who have      legitimate reasons not to make it to the polls in person, we reject the language in the revision to the State Constitution. We believe the integrity of every vote cast is equally as important as the vote itself. The proposed language is too vague and would lead to unacceptable and questionable voting regulations in the future. We would be taking our constitutional rights and putting them to the whims of the legislators in Hartford. We urge voters to vote “no” and to tell your legislators to work toward a better alternative.

2. Shall there be a general revision of the Charter of the Town of Trumbull?   VOTE YES

Reason: A bi-partisan committee studied the Charter and made several meaningful revision recommendations to it. The Town Council has approved these recommendations and the full body of the proposed revisions is listed below. This is a thoughtful and meaningful revision of the Town Charter.

3. Shall there be a revision of the Charter of the Town of Trumbull to provide for the funding of its pension plans for the town employees and police in the annual budget to the annually required contribution (ARC) amounts as determined by the Town’s Actuaries? VOTE YES 

Reason: In the past, administrations have underfunded Trumbull’s pension plans, placing our town employee and police department employee retirement funds at risk. This past practice is unacceptable. We need to fund our pension plans at the ARC to ensure that we protect our hard working police department and town employee retirement funds. This provision will fully fund the plans over time and eliminate any funding deficits.

Trumbull RTC Official Position Paper on Ballot Questions