A Backwards Glance

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Alook back at Drummer headlines of interest over the past 50 years.

The 2021-22 budget flat-mill-rate increase would have been welcome in 1971. That year’s budget passed 546 to 430; 7 percent above the 1970 budget. The 3.75 mill increase created a tax rate of 60.5 mills for the coming year.

After years of study and deliberation, a 1981 contract for a new library and senior citizens building was awarded to Metro Building Co., Inc whose winning bid of $786,300 included $32,000 for new parking to the rear of Town Hall. Completion was estimated at seven to eight months.

In May of 1991, the town remembered Otto Neumann, Granby’s first Chief Administrative Officer (Town Manager), and First Selectman from 1969 to 1977. Kitty Riley, correspondent for the Hartford Courant, The Hartford Times and the Farmington Valley Herald, said, “If Granby is a good place to live, Otto Neumann is certainly one of the reasons why.” Drummer file photo

-– By Chris Levandowski