The McAnanly campaign wants you to believe that Ed Haberek hasn’t been getting the job done. So they keep sending Rob Simmons out to throw spitballs because they don’t have the facts on their side.
To see what I mean, let’s do some leadership math. Our performance metric will be the average annual increase in the Town portion of the budget expressed as a percentage, where Town Budget equals Total Annual Budget minus School Budget. (i.e. TB = TAB – SB. Sorry, but I did say there would be some math.) The raw data comes from original source documents in the Town Clerk’s Office, primarily Town Meeting records.
In the time that Glenn Frishman has been on the Board of Finance there have been sixteen budgets under four different First Selectmen. Choosing this time interval holds Mr. Frishman’s contributions to the budget process as a constant in the equation, thus allowing us to measure for First Selectman performance.
The average annual increases in TB are as follows:
Don Maranell: 1.8%
Peter Dibble: 3.1%
Bill Brown: 7.5%
Ed Haberek: 0.0%
To be fair to Mr. Brown, it is true that bonding for the High School kicked in during his budgets, but taking those increases out of the calculation actually bumps his average increase up to 7.6%.
So, on average, Ed Haberek has kept the Town Budget flat over six budget cycles and still managed to fix roads, fields and other infrastructure while also providing reasonable services to the Town as a whole and outstanding service during emergencies.
Bottom line here is that Ed has made Town government leaner and more efficient.
Measured against his predecessors, he has done a bit better than Don Maranell, much better than Peter Dibble, and way, way, way, way, way, way, way better, and then some, compared to Glee McAnanly’s mentor and running mate, Bill Brown.