The News-Times Insider May 22, 2019
DANBURY — Free pre-kindergarten programs and a commission to study the needs of the city’s bulging school system are part of a plan by a Democratic mayoral candidate to bolster public education.
“Danbury has had the lowest per-pupil spending of any other town or city in Connecticut for the past three years,” said Chris Setaro, who is challenging GOP Mayor Mark Boughton in November. “Blue Ribbon schools in the city have everything to do with the dedication of the district’s talented and passionate educators who do their best every day despite not getting the resources they need.”
Daily Voice Plus May 21, 2019
Chris Setaro, a Democrat running for Danbury mayor, is turning up the heat when it comes to government spending.
“The city’s budget has ballooned more than $100 million in the last 18 years — an increase of more than 70 percent,” Setaro said.
Danbury’s $261.5 million municipal budget was approved on May 7 by the City Council, 14 to 7, along political party lines.
May 15, 2019 Danbury Patch
DANBURY – The Hat City has experienced a change that is longer and wider than Candlewood Lake.
The News-Times May 8, 2019
DANBURY — Mayor Mark Boughton’s $261.5 million budget passed — though Democrats on the City Council are not happy with the city’s spending plan.
The budget was approved 14 to 7 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting with all of the Democrats opposing. The biggest critique was there wasn’t enough money for schools and cultural components, such as the Danbury Museum and Tarrywile Park.
DANBURY, C.T. – Chris Setaro, Democrat
running for Mayor of Danbury, issued the following statement about the 2020
Danbury city budget.
“The city’s budget has ballooned more than $100 million in the last 18 years – an increase of more than 70 percent. While this latest budget proposal doesn’t increase the mill rate, it still increases spending by more than $4.5 million. But not enough of those dollars are going to our schools, improving our roads, or hiring more police officers. For the last three years, the city spent less per student than anyone else in the state, 169 out of 169, and our students are suffering. If we want things to improve, we can’t keep following the status quo – and that’s why I’m running for Mayor.”
“It’s time to have a real conversation about the city’s priorities and direct resources to where they are needed the most. As Mayor, I will prioritize education, infrastructure, and safety, and use every means to raise the revenue we need to hold the line on taxes. Investments made today in better schools, improved roads and community policing will make Danbury an attractive destination for new businesses and families tomorrow and well into the future.”