Loss of $500,000 grant angers Sherman officials

Full story: NewsTimes.com 7
SHERMAN "" Town officials are angered and confused by a state decision to strip the town of a $500,000 federal grant they hoped to use to buy the 80-acre Towner Hill tract on Route 37. Full Story
Truth in Government

West Palm Beach, FL

#1 Feb 24, 2008
There is no such thing as a "Grant". Us tax payers bear the cost of all these pet projects to include the bridge to no where.

Sleeping at the switch in Sherman.
GetReal

Boston, MA

#2 Feb 24, 2008
Sherman is a rich town with taxes lower than most surrounding, less desirable towns. BUY THE LAND YOURSELVES YUPPIES!!
Minnie

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Feb 24, 2008
Sherman has low taxes but has virtually no town services. We pay for absolutely everything we get ourselves. We have a library, a K-8 school, some town programs (for the summer which come with a fee),a town beach and a senior center. Our fire department is volunteer and we don't have a police department. We have a Resident State Trooper.(by the way, all of these folks do a great job). That's it. No city sewer, no city water, no garbage collection funded by tax dollars. Many of us live in communities where we pay for our own road repair, tree removal, and plowing. I have a very modest house in Sherman, but I picked it because I'd rather look at the lake and birds and deer than look at garbage and malls and traffic jams. I'm not rich. Have you ever been to Sherman? You get real.
sick of it all

Boston, MA

#4 Feb 24, 2008
want the money...raise their taxes
uh oh

Southbury, CT

#5 Feb 25, 2008
Minnie wrote:
Sherman has low taxes but has virtually no town services. We pay for absolutely everything we get ourselves. We have a library, a K-8 school, some town programs (for the summer which come with a fee),a town beach and a senior center. Our fire department is volunteer and we don't have a police department. We have a Resident State Trooper.(by the way, all of these folks do a great job). That's it. No city sewer, no city water, no garbage collection funded by tax dollars. Many of us live in communities where we pay for our own road repair, tree removal, and plowing. I have a very modest house in Sherman, but I picked it because I'd rather look at the lake and birds and deer than look at garbage and malls and traffic jams. I'm not rich. Have you ever been to Sherman? You get real.
nicely said
former shermanite

Monroe, CT

#6 Feb 25, 2008
Sorry minnie but Sherman is a wealthy town compared to most towns in the state. Living in a private lake community is by choice not by mandate so don't whine about having to pay for your private roads or beachs. Your children are sent to other towns for high school so you don't even pay the real costs of that. The other towns have to pickup the costs of maintaining the schools which you do not. You pay a fee based on per student spending. If the town wants this land they should bond the money like any other town has to.
Not everyone can afford to living in your poor little town. I owned a home there for seventeen years and made a choice to move on.
Jolly Roger

New Milford, CT

#7 Feb 25, 2008
Whatever that property was worth three years ago, it is worth less now. It'll be worth still less in six months. Sherman should make an offer to buy minus the $500,000. If the owner has any brains, he'll take it. No body else wants that property in this economy.

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