Wednesday, March 04, 2009

First Selectman's 2009-10 Budget Address

Following is the text of First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff’s 2009-10 budget address tonight to the Board of Finance.

Members of the Board of Finance, members of the Representative Town Meeting, fellow Westporters, it is my pleasure and privilege to present to you the Town of Westport budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009.

This is my fourth budget message to you as first selectman, and I’m going to be frank up front, unfortunately it’s a gloomy one. Our town--like our residents, like our fellow citizens across the country--is feeling the economic pain.

It is not something we can wish away. It is not something we can pretend will soon get better. And it isn’t a surprise. In my budget message a year ago, I noted that our town and nation were going through tough economic times.

Four months ago in this auditorium, on Nov. 5, I told this board the economy was worsening and that “Westport was not immune.” The clouds have only darkened since then. What may be a surprise is the depth of the decline and the rapidity with which the economy has worsened. 

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