Serving as Killingworth’s First Selectwoman has been an adventure, an education and a privilege. It’s a job and a half, with lots of evenings and weekends as well as regular daytime hours, but it’s been worth it, because we haven’t let budget constraints, state bureaucracy, or the press of daily business limit our vision of what Killingworth should be.
We have found ways to keep our town moving forward while protecting our rural character and keeping property taxes stable. We have brought together seniors, veterans, students, local business owners, and civic leaders who volunteer their ideas and time to build a stronger community. We have taken a lot of great ideas and run with them.
I am eager to keep working with and for all of Killingworth’s residents. Together we have achieved so much. Let’s keep the momentum going forward.
Here are a few of our many accomplishments:
- Stabilized taxes: no increase in three years
- Managed six federally declared natural disasters
- Developed long-term planning program; dramatically improved roads and recreation facilities
- Encouraged development of local businesses and agriculture
- Obtained grants for Emergency Operations Center, disaster recovery, ADA-accessible pathways, and more
- Started a weekly senior lunch
- Expanded eligibility for senior tax abatements
- Created a war veterans monument garden
- Promoted environmental monitoring and recycling
- Increased communications and enhanced transparency
Here’s what I aim to accomplish in my next term:
1) Find ways to allow seniors who are downsizing and young families who are just starting out to live in our beautiful community.
2) Strengthen our commercial district, our agricultural sector, and our home-based businesses.
3) Preserve our rural environment and our historic legacy.