Taxes are a Fact of Life

Taxes are a fact of life. And the campaign for Tax Collector is about “facts” and “life.”

The facts are that in the worst economy in generations, under Tod Laudonia’s leadership the Tax Collector’s office has a collection rate of 99.65%. Under Tod’s leadership they had the highest amount of pre-paid taxes ever collected. Tod successfully lowered Tax Office operating costs, while raising productivity. Tod initiated efforts to improve customer service and user-friendliness.

Those are some of the facts. As for life, Tod has spent his life living and working in Greenwich. So have four generations of his family. Tod’s life has been by, of and for the people of Greenwich. Tod knows our town and its people. And why is that important? Because the job of Tax Collector is a people’s job. Behind every tax dollar is a human being – a young couple, a retired worker, or even a shareholder of our corporate tax payers. Taxes are not just about dollars and cents – but about people and common sense. The reason Tax Collector is an elected position is so the Collector is responsive and accountable to the people. We don’t need a green-eye shade bureaucrat or an ivory-tower theorist. We need someone with an open door, willing to listen and to help. For the last two years, Tod has been that person, and that is why voters should make him that person for the next two years.