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A Closer Look At Pay At the Dump

Republican Town Committee Chairman Ron Gambardella warns residents that proposed Transfer Station fees are only the beginning.

 

To the Editor:

The Jackson adminstration is once again concocting new ways of punishing the taxpayer.

Not only has he presided over tax increase after tax increase while at the same time piling up unprecedented debt during his term in office, he is now attempting to implement more fees to support his tax and spend strategy.

His council is about to consider increasing dumping fees for the following items: $10 to dispose of tires, 2) $25 to dispose of appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, and 3) $30 for dumping bedding.

By the way, no cash will be accepted at the gate making the proposal that much more aggravating.

Imagine, if you will, someone coming to the dump with a washer. He/She is told that it will cost $25. Surprised, the reply might be, “I don’t have the money -- that is why it was decided to bring the washer here by myself. I couldn’t afford to pay anyone to haul the washer.”

The attendant says, “Sorry, we take credit or debit cards.”

“Credit cards!” - comes the reply. “Who has a credit card? The failed economy has already taken that from me.”

The attendant says, “Sorry, you need to take that back where it came from.”

I don’t know about you, but I can just visualize the washer lying somewhere within the vicinity of West Rock. Moreover, I can visualize the dumping grounds being extended from its current location to the broader West Rock area. Are you beginning to see the problem with this brilliant plan?

Chief Administrative Office Curt Leng said the following when confronted with the difficulty of implementing his plan to persecute the taxpayer: “While it won't be easy, it is necessary." The town now spends $750,000 a year getting rid of items dumped at the transfer station, he said, and it needs a way to recoup those costs. "The implementation of fees is a starting mark."

In other words, this is just the beginning of the new fees we plan to implement.

Curiously, there wasn’t a problem increasing his salary. There wasn’t a problem paying legal fees for frivolous lawsuits for failed employee policies. There wasn’t a problem taking on greater and greater debt for the various projects around town. There wasn’t a problem awarding a no bid contract for trash hauling.

Now, however, there is a problem for the town to pay for services that could easily be managed if there was someone competent in charge.

When will the people of Hamden decide they have had enough? I am already there. Join me in this war against the tax paying public.

Ron Gambardella
Republican Town Committee Chairman 

Ron Gambardella June 03, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The Democrats in office have grown accustomed to absolute power believing that they can do what they want when they want with little or no opposition. They reason that even if there are objections we can count on the electorate to continue to vote us in office. One party rule means we are accountable to no one only to ourselves. I say they are wrong. Come and join the new Republican Party. We are continuing to grow and our members our energized to take on the incumbent tax and spend politicians. As HRTC Chair I invite Democrats, Independents and Republicans to assist in the dismantling of this dysfunctional government and replace it with fiscally sound policy makers. This is a call to action. Posting a response on this board is admirable, however, helping defend the tax paying public against the dictatorial power of the current administration is just. We can deliver a sharp blow to the status quo if we work together. Find out more at our next meeting Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 Miller Library Senior Center.
Tony June 04, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Ron- you're a clown rejected about 10 times by the Hamden voters. Go away.
Tony June 04, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I applaud Mayor Jackson for efforts to reduce costs at the transfer station that 90% of Hamden families can't use because of their hours. It's called cost reductions - look it up Ron. Besides most people who use the station are businesses or out ontowners!!!
Ron Gambardella June 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Hi Tony, Please explain how Mayor Jackson's proposal is cost reduction. It appears he has passed the cost on to the taxpayer. If this is your version of cost reduction, why don't we pass the cost of children participating in sports to the parents? Isn't this the same idea as the one you support from Mayor Jackson? Shouldn't that be considered cost reduction as well? This of course is nonsense. Taxes continue to increase and services continue to fall. That is the reality.
Tony June 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Pushing costs for services to business owners using Ststion, both Hamden and non-Hamden, brings cash into the Town and reduces the cost of the service for residents. This concept couldn't be simpler. Oh, and hamden fathers baseball does charge parents for youth sports. A piece of advice from someone who's been around and seen people like you come and go, writing letters complaining about everything that is done, week after week, makes you irrelevant because people see you're just an attention hound.

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