Editor’s note: The Easton Courier asked candidates to submit a profile and a statement discussing three top issues facing Easton and how the candidate will help address them. Mike Kot, Republican incumbent, Board of Finance, submitted the following response.
Mike Kot, a seasoned Wall Street executive, is running for re-election to the Board of Finance. Kot is seeking a third term on the Board. Kot has eight years of prior experience with the Board of Finance. Experience with looking at the budget for the last eight years cannot be replaced.
Kot grew up in Easton, is a graduate of the Easton school system, and moved back to town with his family so his children would go through the Easton school system too. Kot spent his 25+ year career on Wall Street, working for global institutions such as Credit Suisse, Capital One, and Bank of America. Kot worked on the capital markets side issuing debt.
With limited revenue sources beyond homeowner taxes, Kot believes all expenses must be carefully weighed and questioned every year, to ensure that the needs of the town are balanced with the needs of the taxpayer.
“I am committed to and believe in the three Es of Easton: Education, Environment and Effectiveness,” he said. “With limited sources of revenue, we on the BOF have to be very careful with the spending of each department due to the cost of taxes on each and every homeowner.
“Every taxpayer realizes how critically important it is to provide a solid education that enriches each student, so every BOF member should question expenses that do not benefit our students.”
An Easton native, it is no surprise that Kot is an avid beekeeper, gardener and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys all that the town has to offer.
“Easton is a bucolic place to live. I grew up here in Easton and I want to protect this place we call home as it is. We do not want Easton to turn into a metropolis like our larger neighbors all around us to the south and east.”
Statewide, Kot believes forced zoning changes from Hartford will negatively affect the pocketbook of the town. More mandated changes and services will cost more money from every homeowner.
Top Issues for the Board of Finance:
- Balancing the needs of the town with the needs of the taxpayer.
- Questioning departmental budgets and their effectiveness in spending taxpayer’s money.
- Ensuring monies collected are protected in safe investments.
What I love about Easton:
- Our open space
- We are a small, tight-knit community.
- Easton is a peaceful place to live.