Taxpayers should know about project cost increases

To the Editor:

At the last Shelburne Selectboard meeting, our town was made aware of the status of the library/town center project. The project has $250,000 of newly incurred expenses due to conditions that are claimed to not have been anticipated.

From what I understood from being at the meeting, our town government does not feel that these expenses should come out of the library project budget, but should come from the capital improvement plan. This certainly would impact other departments in our town.

Some of the “unanticipated” project problems should have been anticipated. The old Town Hall is being the scapegoat because someone was not diligent enough to have a preservation specialist check it out in the early planning stages.

Anyone who has lived in Shelburne for more than a few years would know that the site of the fire station was the old fire station and old town garage, and odds are there would be some type of contamination.

It goes on and on with many of the expenses not having to be incurred if not for the library project, then being sold to the taxpayers as a town center project to be more palatable.

If you as a Shelburne taxpayer want this project to stay within its budget, please contact the Selectboard or come to the next Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.

Susan McLellan

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