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Newtown officials split on proposed Charter revision to eliminate Finance Board

The current Newtown First Selectman and two previous office holders are speaking out against a proposed Charter Revision on the ballot this Election Day.  First Selectman Dan Rosenthal, Pat Llodra and Herb Rosenthal co-signed a letter of opposition sent to the Newtown Bee saying they will be voting No on Question 1, which would eliminate the Board of Finance.  They say in the letter that they've worked extensively with the Board and that the gains made by Newtown since its creation two decade ago are undeniable.  The three agree that there are redundancies in the present government construct with the way the charge of the Finance Board is written and the duties of the Legislative Council, but disagree with its removal.  Meanwhile other Newtown officials, including several members of the Legislative Council support its elimination.