My apologies in advance but i am traveling tomorrow for business so I wanted to at least get back to you via email regarding your inquiry below. I hope my response is what you were looking for.
Frankly, i am a bit surprised our simple post card would be characterized as specious because in a summary fashion the post card (see attached) listed some of the proud accomplishments Avon has seen under Republican leadership.
Clearly Avon's council and boards are Republican lead. Our Town Council, together with the Board of Education and Board of Finance, have a long history of supporting projects that are good for the community. Our leadership takes the initiative to support these projects with direct tax payer funding, plus in kind contributions from our town staff and public works department. As many of the private fundraising falls short of the full project cost those tax payer contributions authorized by Republican lead council and boards are essential for the project to even start, let alone finish. While we appreciate the volunteers that participate in many of these projects, without an infusion of public tax dollars to support private fundraising, plus in kind services that have a monetary value to the project, many of these projects would never have even begun, let alone finish.
For example, the post card's statement of "Effective public-private effort" has lead to new tennis courts and playgrounds is wholly accurate. The Republican lead Town Council and Board of Education put up $65K in funding (when private donations were short of the goal) and the Avon Dept. of Public works (and other staff) provided in kind services with the deconstruction and site preparation for the tennis courts (valued at over $30K). A Courant article from that time even references the same public-private partnership...http://articles.courant.com/2011-12-07/community/hc-avon-tennis-courts-1208-20111207_1_tennis-courts-quickstart-tennis-intramural-tennis)
Many of the other factual statements from the post card are taken directly from the Town Annual Reports (http://www.town.avon.ct.us/Public_Documents/AvonCT_WebDocs/AnnualReports). Also when it comes to the Avon Free Public Library it was a long term town project in the making when the Republican lead Town Council many years ago had the foresight to purchase two adjoining properties for expansion. Our Republican leadership then borrowed (with our excellent AAA bond rating) 7.5M in funds to compliment the private donations and $1M state grant that several of our council members lobbied the Governor for. A recent Annual report bakes up some of the figures in the post card (see page 2 of http://www.town.avon.ct.us/Public_Documents/AvonCT_WebDocs/Annual%20Report%202011-12%20-%202013%20Calendar.pdf).
Many of these initiatives were voted upon by the entire Town Council, including democrat David Pena, so it is puzzling that the democrat leadership would express concerns to you when their own candidate would be able to verify the accuracy of our statements on these initiatives.
I would be remise if i didn't say that we are particularly proud of Avon's AAA bond rating, not so much for "bragging rights" but as any astute financial person will agree that rating has a major positive impact in the ability to borrow funds, at low interest rates, thereby reducing the project cost. Republican leadership in Avon has year after year exercised prudent financial management which delivers the results the rating agencies demand prior to giving Avon such a high bond rating. This is a point sadly lost in some of the recent comments by our opponents.
I hope the above helps. I attached a PDF of the post card just in case you hadn't been provided one to see what we really said. Thanks again and sorry i will be traveling and unavailable.
Brian J. Ladouceur, Jr.
Avon Republican Town Committee
P.O. Box 1172, Avon, CT 06001
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From: Byron , Ken
Date: Tue, 10/22/2013 4:59 PM
Subject:Inquiry from the Hartford Courant
Good afternoon Brian, Ken Byron at the Hartford Courant here. I am reaching out because I want to talk to you about a campaign flier that Avon Republicans sent to households late last week. Democrats in Avon brought this flier to my attention today and commented that it contains what they characterized as specious claims about Republicans’ handling of town government in recent years. After reviewing the flier I think it is worth my while to do a story and I wanted to speak to you or someone else who can speak on behalf of the Avon Republicans about some of the claims made it the document. As an example, the flier mentions new tennis courts, which Democrats say was almost entirely the work of the ACORN group. I plan on doing a story on this development in the campaign tomorrow and hope to publish it later on in the week. If you or someone else from the Avon Republicans could give me a call this afternoon or tomorrow that would be great. I may be reached at 860-982-6878. Thank you in advance for your help.