As a chief executive, Tim led a remarkable turnaround that has resulted in Trumbull being rated one of the most desirable communities in Connecticut to live, work and raise a family. Trumbull schools have become one of the top ten most in demand school districts in the entire nation.
Upon taking office in 2009, Tim inherited a town with a broken pension system funded at just 27 percent, a town government bloated with patronage and a chronic spending problem. Bond rating agencies had downgraded Trumbull’s credit rating before Tim took office in 2009 and taxes had increased 54% in the eight years preceding his term, with an average tax increase of 6% per year.
Tim took swift action. He make the tough calls to reform the town’s pension and benefits system, working inclusively but forcefully with labor leaders and stakeholders to tackle the root of the problem. Tim reformed town government, made it more efficient and attracted new businesses to town. The local economy has grown each year he has been in office. During Tim’s first 100 days in office, he identified $1 million in operational savings in the town budget.
Trumbull’s pension system is now fully funded every year. There are fewer town employees now than when he took office. Tim balanced eight budgets and delivered two tax cuts. He undertook badly needed capital improvements to modernize nine Trumbull schools, increased technology in classrooms and enhanced school security.
The Connecticut State Department of Education has ranked the Trumbull Public Schools as the number two public school district in the entire state. Every Trumbull elementary, middle, and high school has been cited as a school of distinction these last three years. Student performance on standardized tests in grades 3-8 and high school are impressive as is the data regarding college acceptances.
These results and record of reform have led to Trumbull being ranked nationally by Realtor.com as one of the 10 most desirable communities to live in the United States - - the only Town in Fairfield County to receive this distinction. In 2011, Family Circle Magazine ranked Trumbull the 7th best Town in the nation to raise a family and in 2013, Coldwell Banker ranked Trumbull the Number 1 booming community in Connecticut.
Tim came in as an outsider committed to reform and it worked.