Tony Morrison Candidate for Board of Finance Current Member of the Board of Finance
"I want to ensure that every tax dollar provides real value to ensure Southington meets the challenges of the future." My name is Tony Morrison, and I am running for the Board Of Finance in the election on November 5th.
I was born in London, England, grew up there and moved to the US in my 20s when I was offered a job teaching at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. While there I also gained an advanced degree, and far more importantly my future wife, Mindy. She is American, and we decided, with the blessings of the US Government, to make our life in the US. I became a citizen during the Reagan Administration.
Mindy grew up in Newington and we settled in her home state of Connecticut, in the Kensington section of Berlin, where our two children, Sara and Ryan grew up (we are now lucky enough to have a grandson, Finn, and a granddaughter on the way). Mindy worked as a Children’s Librarian in Berlin, while I pursued a career in IT that progressed from being a CIO at Teleco, a Meriden-based company, to running large international consulting businesses, with the companies Gartner, Sybase and SAP, tasked with improving public and private organizations’ use of technology. My career saw me returning often back to Europe, but I was also responsible for business units, and conducted business, in Asia, Africa and South America.
We moved to Southington several years ago after our children both left home (both now live and work in New York City. I first ran, and was elected, to the BOF in 2017. I was very concerned about the effect of the State finances impacting our town, and I wanted to use my experience in fiscal management, gained from running large business operations, for the Town’s benefit. I also had the time to spend working on the Town’s finances as I had recently retired.
The BOF has of course had a Republican majority since 2009, which has provided the fiscal backbone to our Town’s success as a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and retire. And I am proud to have helped continue that work. My Republican colleagues and I have worked hard to keep the finances of our Town on a solid fiscally responsible basis during the last challenging couple of years.
I am now running as an incumbent for the Board Of Finance. For the next two years we are still faced with threats to our finances from the State withholding monies from successful municipalities like Southington. For example, we get $20M annually in education funding; money that the State takes from our income tax payments and returns to us as grants. In addition, the State has begun transferring payments of State-negotiated pensions to the municipalities where these employees work. We will need a highly experienced team for the next two years to continue to balance these revenue threats with grand list growth, while ensuring the needs of our citizens continue to be met.