Residents Express Concern About Westb...

Residents Express Concern About Westbrook's Debt

There are 5 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 15, 2008, titled Residents Express Concern About Westbrook's Debt. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The proposed budget is an increase of $1.7 million, or 7.5 percent, over this year.

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Westbrook Resident


#1 May 16, 2008
As a long-time resident of Westbrook and a frequent walker and driver through the Main Street/Rt. 1 and beach area, may I suggest paying down some of the debt with motor vehicle/traffic fines? You could place a patrol officer on South Main 24/7 and probably "make" enough in speeding fines to pay down the daily interest of $3,836/day. Have the patrol officer divide his time between South Main and Seaside and he/she would probably see the same type of "haul". If we fall even further behind, place an officer up at Wilcox Fuel - the fines you can reap from people running red lights, speeding and not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks could make us debt-free! When I see these types of things happen every day, many times in each day, it seems a logical and low-cost solution. Pay the bills and make the streets safer! Who loses?
Jeff Kriete

United States

#2 May 16, 2008
It was only last november that Westbrook taxpayers had their wallets highjacked by a small miniorty to spend over $3.5 million on an uneeded library rebuild. This debt was added to the now proven uneeded $24 million dollar rebuild of the middle school added to the previous $24 million school rebuild. Add in the millions spent on Mulvey, open space, etc.and you are paying $4,000 a day - Where were the complainers then? Gee. whiz - we will just set up some speed traps to lower our tax bills - How about cutting underemployed staff in the school and town hall. How about selling the riggio building and lightly used ball fields for tax producing income and cutting $50,000 in expenses a year - we have just sspent $5 million on enough ball fields behind the high school. How about getting serious about managing the town with people who can add and subtract, actually know how to evaluate and implement projects, know how the town and state works and performs regularly to a high level. How about just voting NO on spending more of your money until "they" do?
I live here and was there

Middletown, CT

#3 May 16, 2008
The issue is another increase in taxes. Westbrook's
abnormally high debt is only part of that increase.
Decisions made in the past and a daily failure to control spending ( toss in a bit of incompetence) and higher taxes are the result.
Saying NO to spending is the real answer. Lets see some
public participation and ideas.
taxed to death

Ridgewood, NJ

#4 May 16, 2008
How about running the town as we run our own household. There is not an endless flow of money like the town officials seem to think. Cut the waste, cut the temperature in the town buildings, cut out unnecessary projects, don't spend money that has not been spent - keep it in the present budget or use it to pay off the debt and recognise those that save, encourage ideas from town workers and residents to save and reward them if they work, etc. If you have a fixed income, you have to have fixed spending. Is it fair to so overly spend and tax that generations of residents can no longer afford to live in Westbrook? There needs to be respect and consideration for every resident in our town.


#5 May 16, 2008
Mr Binder is right ! Our debt is out of control. It would not be if we had not built unneeded palaces (ie. Mulvey building, Middle school, Libary, Open space to name a few).
We could at least reduce it some by selling surplus assets(ie. Old town hall, Surplus athletic fields,etc.). We should also be thinking about the fact that we are spending close to $15,000 per student to achieve marginal results. Regionalization is not only desirable, it is mandatory if we are not going to tax ourselves into bankruptcy.

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