We are your neighbors. We’re people who love the rural character that is Granby. We believe that our town government should be efficient, accountable and accessible, not unwieldy and overbearing.
There is no question that the residential property owners are the backbone of this community. Collectively, Granby homeowners assume the majority of the financial burden when it comes to the funding of our town services and infrastructure. We certainly understand that there is “a price for doing business” however some of the discretionary spending has gotten way out of hand.The bottom line is that the rate of taxation here is higher than it needs to be.
Due to the economic climate in this country, many of our neighbors are hurting, having lost their jobs. Those who have been able to find new jobs have had to start over again at significantly lower rates of pay. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to retain our jobs probably haven’t seen much of a pay raise in a long time. The number of foreclosures and bank takeovers are increasing. People are losing their homes. Have we been sensitive to that?
We are deeply concerned for our retired neighbors and those who live on fixed incomes.
The Granby Independent Party supported restoring your right to vote for the town budget by machine ballot referendum. We understood that many of us could not attend the annual town budget meeting and stay for a late evening vote. Now our seniors, people who work second shift, nurses, police officers and firefighters can have a vote in how their tax dollars are spent. In addition, our esteemed military personnel and those who travel abroad for work now have the ability to vote by absentee ballot if they so choose.
Our sincere thanks to those who gave mightily of their time to collect the petition signatures of residents who wanted their right to vote by referendum restored. Granby voters ultimately took back their rights.
We formed the Granby Independent Party to provide voters with a choice on Election Day. As you may remember, the 2011 municipal election was completely uncontested. It was an “election” of candidates who were hand picked for you by the two major political party caucuses. We believe that you should decide who is elected to public office, not a small number of political party loyalists. We believe that choice and inclusion are good things.
The Granby Independent Party candidates will place an emphasis on fiscal responsibility through governmental accountability. We will advocate for and support responsible development that compliments our rural character. We will remain vigilant as citizens of this beautiful town to do our best to protect our town residents from overbearing regulations and over taxation.
The Granby Independent Party believes that you should have a voice and a choice in your government. Truth be told, unaffiliated voters are the largest block of voters in Granby.
On Election Day, please exercise your right to vote.