Democratic Candidate for Danbury Mayor Critical of 10 Years of City Budgets
Danbury Candidate for Mayor, Roberto Alves, released a statement on tonight's budget vote. In it, the Democrat criticizes past education budgets. Alves had this to say:
"The last decade of city budgets has shown us that the people at the top don't see education as a priority. And in those 10 years, our school system has been refused funding upwards of $45 million. This figure doesn't just represent a line item in the overall budget, it represents cuts to social workers, paraprofessionals, special education services, and cuts to classroom space. Our budget represents our values, and I don't believe this budget reflects the values, or the character, of our community.
We know that the key to a good education and a prosperous future starts with adequate funding. We also know that good schools pave the way for a vibrant local economy, good jobs, and higher property values. We've seen the ripple effects when we don't adequately fund our schools and local infrastructure. If Danbury wants to become a regional economic driver, we have to invest in our city, from our classrooms to our roads, from our bridges to our storm drains.
If these are the values of our leadership, we must not change our values, we must change our leadership."
Roberto and local Democrats have been increasingly critical of Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo and his predecessor Mark Boughton. We will see what comes of tonight's vote and of course we will get reaction from Mayor Cavo next week on the Ethan and Lou Show.