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. Scott Charmoy, Democratic incumbent, Board of Assessment Appeals, submitted the following response.
Scott Charmoy practices law with his wife, Sheila, in the firm Charmoy & Charmoy in Westport. He has served on the Easton Zoning Board of Appeals since 2018, the Board of Assessment Appeals since 2019, and the Tax Relief for the Elderly Committee since 2020. He also serves in the Volunteer Attorney Program for the Connecticut Superior Court, assisting pro se litigants facing foreclosure, and on the Pro Bono Panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut, which assists those in need in filing bankruptcies. He loves living in Easton with his wife, two daughters, and way too many pets.
I believe the three top issues facing Easton are land use, maintaining our public school system, and public participation in town governance. Our town government must constantly balance maintaining our town’s rural character against allowing the appropriate amount of development in order to maintain our tax base. While we love our farms, most people move here for our excellent school system, and maintaining the high quality of that school system despite continually rising costs, while managing residents’ tax burden, is a constant battle. Lastly, with only about 7,600 residents, Easton must continually search for new committed volunteers to fill its various boards and commissions. We will suffer as a town unless more residents agree to serve.
Serving on the Board of Assessment Appeals admittedly does little to directly affect these issues. But I will continue to run for office and volunteer my time, and continue to address the tax appeals that come before me as fairly as possible to the taxpayer and the town, as do all my fellow board members.
The citizens of Easton can assure themselves the best chance of effectively addressing the above issues by electing our outstanding Democratic candidates.