August 25, 2012
By Mickey Friedman
In the old days, doing nothing cost you nothing. And there was a big difference between doing nothing and doing something. Somehow, now, doing nothing costs forty-two million dollars.
I know squat about building new buildings or fixing up old buildings, about making buildings accessible to those with disabilities. So I’m a bit shocked to learn we’ll be spending forty-two to seventy million to either repair or replace Monument Mountain, our forty-year old high school.
I know a lot of people who are having a difficult time of it lately. Paying their mortgages, their rents, their real estate taxes. Quite frankly, after the new middle school, and the new police station, the new fire station, and the renovated library, I was hoping that the town fathers and mothers would find a way to begin reducing taxes. But it’s hard to imagine lowering taxes when folks are talking about forty-two million for doing nothing and seventy million for doing everything. Of course, those folks are quick to point out that the state will pick up 50% of the costs. Like the state will pay for Downtown Revitalization. But the state, unfortunately is us, so we pay one way or another.
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