2019 promises to have as many challenges as we've seen in many years. Starting the new year with a federal government shut down that has so far remained largely just that, a federal issue sets the stage for more local challenges. As more workers are idled and more areas of the government slow or shut down, it could spill over into more local issues, such as grants, federal and state aid and even exports by local firms.
We have two new state senators and one new state representative seating in January in Hartford, as well as a new governor - all facing some persistent and difficult tasks such as budget deficits, tax relief, infrastructure repair to name but a few.
But we are confident that Bethel and Connecticut are up to these challenges.
At home, for example, we have some extremely capable volunteers crafting update recommendations for our Town Charter. And this year we look forward to a Town Meeting and local elections for members of the Board of Selectmen, Treasurer, Registrar of Voters, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment, Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Police Commission.
Our Town has proven itself to be resourceful and resilient since its settling over 300 years ago. The formula for our continued success is actually very simple. Vote for the best candidates and attend meetings where your input can help them better represent your interests. An engaged electorate means effective governance.