About the Wilton RTC
The Wilton Republican Party is proud of its record of service to all the people who comprise the community of Wilton. Over many years, Republicans in both elective and appointive positions have helped to shape the quality of life we enjoy in Wilton today.
Character of Our Town: The Republican Party pledges to preserve the historical and semi-rural character of our town while protecting individual property rights. Prudently managing development, preserving historic resources and open space, and guarding our precious natural environment including scenic roads and vistas, will enhance the quality of life for all.
Form of Government: The Republican Party supports our historic Town Meeting form of government because it offers the purest form of participatory democracy. It confers on each individual equal rights and responsibilities, which can only be realized if each voter participates in making decisions by voting. The Republican Party pledges to encourage openness in government in an effort to inform and educate all residents. The Town Meeting form of government offers all engaged voters the opportunity to affect every budget, tax rate, and important decision made by their government.
Citizen Participation: Our government is based on the efforts of volunteers who give their time, expertise, and dedication to serve on town boards, commissions, and committees. We recognize that we could never duplicate our volunteers’ talents and commitment or afford to have a government of paid personnel only. We will continue to urge public recognition and appreciation of our citizens’ many contributions and their serious commitment of personal time. We seek to find and encourage even more residents to serve our community by participating in town government.
Responsiveness of Boards, Commissions, and Town Agencies: We also recognize that our Board and Commission members must be knowledgeable and well-trained for their positions and urge the Town to take the responsibility to provide the necessary training. We encourage mutual respect among all Boards, Commissions, Town departments, and the citizens they serve. We recommend that all Boards and Commissions communicate openly and work cooperatively in order to deal most effectively with those issues that cross jurisdictions.
Tax Growth Reduction / Cost Effective Government: We urge our elected and appointed Boards and Commissions to work tirelessly to reduce growth in the costs of government; to reduce the costs of personnel, health care, and retirement benefits; and to learn to do more with less. The Party also supports revisions to the Town’s current budget process. To ensure acceptance of proposed budget changes, we suggest comments be obtained from all Town departments.
Preserving Autonomy: The Republican Party believes that it is in the best interests of Wilton’s citizenry that our town retains its autonomy. Without thorough due diligence and community input, Wilton should not cede to the state government or a regional body any rights or responsibilities that will affect the character of the community or the quality of life of our residents. This does not preclude the study of those areas where cooperation with similar contiguous towns might result in reduced costs and improved service.
Planning for Wilton’s Future: The Republican Party strongly recommends that the Board of Selectmen develop a Long Range Plan for the Town of Wilton. The growth of the community requires a vision of the Town’s future needs and capital requirements. To plan more effectively for public facilities expenditures, maintenance / renovations, equipment replacement, open space / land use expenditures, etc., we believe a long range plan that prioritizes projects based on critical need, public safety, financial resources, and other criteria, is essential.
Transportation Issues: The Party applauds the widening of Route 7 from Wolfpit Road to Olmstead Hill Road, it has greatly eased congestion and made our community more accessible. We recognize the need for continued vigilance against the implementation of a Super 7 highway. Further, if this highway is ever proposed again, we insist that a thorough new Environmental Impact Statement be undertaken by the Connecticut D.O.T. We urge the state to designate the Route 7 “takings” as open space, greenways, or recreational land. We support a mass transit solution to traffic congestion and support budget proposals that include new equipment investments and maintenance funds to improve overall rail service in the area.
State Issues: We urge our state representatives to work: to reduce the cost of state government; to resist its efforts to intrude on our town’s right to retain its character; to prevent the imposition of unfunded mandates on our local government; to modify the State’s onerous binding arbitration provisions; to resist the expansion of Indian affairs and gambling; to reform the State Citing Council so that it is as responsive to the concerns of towns and residents as it is to the utilities and the telecommunications industry; and to redraw the State Affordable Housing Regulations, which benefit developers at the expense of the town. The Party also stresses that vigilance be maintained regarding the underground power lines project during the construction process and especially if the Phase II decisions are appealed to the Superior Court. Lastly, we support tax policies that will make our state’s business climate more competitive.
Security Concerns: Recognizing the need to plan and coordinate Homeland Security issues, we urge that all emergency services and town and school bodies continue to work together and with neighboring towns to provide effective public safety management.
Integrity: The Wilton Republican Party pledges that its candidates, those elected to public office, and those appointed to Boards and commissions will practice the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior and will administer public policy in a fair and equitable manner. We urge our Town officials to continue to use the Wilton Ethics Board for guidance when any questions or doubts arise.