Dilkens’ financial plan to limit taxes

Windsor’s incumbent mayor has promised residents won’t see big property tax increases if voters give him a third term.

Drew Dilkens rolled out the financial plank of his re-election platform on Friday, and he said it was done with inflation weighing heavily on residents’ minds.

“Inflation today is taking a giant bite out of everyone’s pockets. You can smell it at the grocery store and at the pumps,” Dilkens said. “Voters know what they’re getting with me: a fiscally prudent manager who will toe the line on taxes while investing in the basic services that build our city so residents can spend more on the things that matter.”

Dilkens pointed to the administration’s ability to keep annual property tax increases to a minimum. From 2018 to this year, increases have ranged from zero to 2.1%, each less than the rate of inflation each time.

In addition to keeping the line on property taxes, Dilkens said he would freeze permit and license fees to help residents manage rising costs.

“The cost of everything is going up and it’s hurting residents and small businesses in Windsor,” Dilkens said. “I propose to freeze all permit and license fees that are entirely within the control of City Hall and provide certainty that these fees will remain at today’s rates until 2026.”

Dilkens also said that if re-elected, he will ask the city council to consider eliminating fees that don’t help the city’s bottom line, such as dog licenses. He also promised to ask the city council to review parking fees in the community to help those visiting restaurants, clubs, retail and entertainment venues.

Incumbent Dilkens runs against Ward 4 Councilor Chris Holt, Benjamin Danyluk, Aaron Day, Matthew Giancola, Ernie Lamont and Louis Vaupotic.

The municipal election is Monday, October 24.