We don’t have money for new fire and rescue station

This Town Meeting Day, the taxpayers will be asked to appropriate $25,000 in order to enter into a purchase/sale agreement with Healthy Living for a new firehouse/rescue location study. The land cost will be $650,000.

Bob Finn, in an earlier, soundly-written letter, has rightly questioned this public/private funding, a valid observation. There has been no discussion on the fate of the present fire/rescue buildings?
Presently the town debt is $3.8 million with interest payments of $803,419 in the 2019 – 2020 budget. The water and waste water debt is $4.3 million meaning a full town debt of $8.1 million. The library bond of $5.9 million will appear in the 2020-2021 budget meaning a town debt of over $14 million. This year’s town tax increase will to be 8.4 percent without the Champlain Valley School District budget.
It would seem appropriate to withhold the vote on the fire/rescue buildings for a fuller discussion as at this time as there is no cost available for it. One would expect it to be far greater than the library’s $5.9 million.

Norm Silcox

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