Helen Garten Statement – Candidate: Board of Finance

Hellen Garten - Candidate for Board of FinanceThe economic downturn has required my Board to look at budgets and financial management in new ways.  I am proud of our accomplishments:

  • No tax increase
  • We preserved Westport’s quality education and municipal services
  • We maintained our Aaa bond rating
  • We hired an Internal Auditor

I see five priorities for the next Board:

  • Address mushrooming pension costs. We can find funding approaches that guarantee financial security to our retirees without diverting an increasing percentage of tax dollars from other uses.
  • Prepare for the next crisis.  We can protect Westport from uncertainty by developing a financial forecasting model that measures the impact of current and future expenditures under different revenue scenarios.
  • Help taxpayers survive the 2010 revaluation.
  • Get serious about government efficiencies.  We can focus on areas where sharing functions improves services, thereby building consensus for change and achieving lasting savings.
  • Listen more.  We can accomplish much if we treat each other and those who appear before us with civility and respect.

Helen Garten Statement – Candidate: Board of Finance

The economic downturn has required my Board to look at budgets and financial management in new ways.  I am proud of our accomplishments:

  • No tax increase
  • We preserved Westport’s quality education and municipal services
  • We maintained our Aaa bond rating
  • We hired an Internal Auditor

I see five priorities for the next Board:

  • Address mushrooming pension costs. We can find funding approaches that guarantee financial security to our retirees without diverting an increasing percentage of tax dollars from other uses.
  • Prepare for the next crisis.  We can protect Westport from uncertainty by developing a financial forecasting model that measures the impact of current and future expenditures under different revenue scenarios.
  • Help taxpayers survive the 2010 revaluation.
  • Get serious about government efficiencies.  We can focus on areas where sharing functions improves services, thereby building consensus for change and achieving lasting savings.
  • Listen more.  We can accomplish much if we treat each other and those who appear before us with civility and respect.