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Seniors for a Better Rocky Hill

Seniors need a voice in town government

To all my senior colleagues and friends:

The senior community in Rocky Hill needs a collective voice to bring to our town government.  My goal is to form a group of concerned Rocky Hill Seniors who would like to take an active role in lobbying town government. We have earned the right to be heard on all issues including taxes.

I attended the public hearing for the Rocky Hill High School referendum on April 12, 2012. This was my first time attending any town meeting and was quite taken aback.

It was rather sad that only one individual attempted to defend the many senior citizens in Rocky Hill. If I would have known that there were going to be lines of students asking the council to pass this referendum, I would have made certain that there were an equal number of us seniors expressing our concerns on how tax increases could have a negative impact on our quality of life. It is a shame that we did not voice our opinion. I do not think the council made an informed decision by only hearing from one side.  Without knowing all the facts, I feel strongly that I must vote NO on June 5th on this referendum.  

Please feel free to express your concerns with regard to any senior issues in Rocky Hill. If anyone is interested in helping seniors for a better Rocky Hill, please let me know.

Thanks for your support.

Rich Laria

Rocky Hill Resident and Concerned Senior Citizen

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Harry May 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Jerry, if the referendum passes the mill rate shoots up to 27.0 and there will be plenty of homes sitting on the market, heck, maybe even abandoned, that should be great for home values. You keep talking about the youth as our future, yet you don't mention there's zero growth in the student population for years. Accreditation will not be lost with a NO Vote, RHHS will be put on probation, if nothing is done for YEARS maybe they will lose accreditation, it's not something that happens on June 6th after a no vote. And what about the other schools that are worse off than RHHS, why are you dumping 45 Million on that school and nothing on the rest? OHHHH so more tax hikes for the next referendum right
Harry May 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The mill rate yesterday was 24.5, today it's 25.8, so without even voting on this school referendum, taxes just went up by 20+ dollars a month. Joesph, why not break it down to millie seconds how much it will cost us, so it looks like it's free. We all just lost 20+ dollars a month and you want to add another 20 + on top of that, then you want to do that for the next 15 to 20 years for this referendum alone, then next year you all will bring up the other schools which are in much worse shape than the High School, but you all decided to ignore them this year. So what? next year another 20? With all that is said and done our taxes will have gone up 8000 to 12000 a year by the end of the term. Do the math. And are we all to believe that town budgets won't increase? I may have to walk away from my house. That should be good for the town
Harry May 22, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Don't you worry Mary, I'll be there for the seniors. Don't be bullied
Harry May 22, 2012 at 01:29 PM
So 3150, 45 million for the high school, that would me parents would have to pay $14,500 to pay for there share per kid. A lot less than a college education. Thinking parents should be the ones paying for all of this....
Rich May 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Jackie – Please visit our so called “senior center”. You may find that space is shared and the programs lack adequate space. Also, I never heard of the human resource department delivering meals. I appreciate the information and will look into it. Paying for your kids’ camps and the pool is your choice; similar to taking your kids to a movie or an amusement park. How you spend your discretionary income is up to you. Whose fault is it that the school is not safe as you mentioned? I agree with you that it is appalling that mold is in the school. Someone is not doing their job. This should have been taken care of during the school year through the operational budget. I am surprised that the parents let the high school get into such disarray over the years. I am not sure if you contribute to the social security system. Please do not compare one’s paycheck with a social security check. When the government issues a check to a senior it is the SENIOR’S MONEY. We contributed for many years. When one receives a paycheck from their employer, it is the organization’s money given to an individual for a specific task accomplished as agreed under your terms of employment. If one does not like their job, they have every right to seek different employment and make more income or find another source of income, as I did when my daughter was in school. A 75 year old senior does not have that option and is at the mercy of the federal government.

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