A number of years ago, Nutfield Publishing came out with an editorial on economic development and growth in our communities, saying that it was “the belief that it is the magic pill towns need to curb rising tax rates.” It wasn’t then, and it isn’t now, particularly because just as it was the case at the time, if salaries and the cost of taxpayer-paid benefits continue to rise, aging infrastructure may continue to fail, and the demand for services will remain unchecked. Continue reading
CHESTER – The Chester Board of Selectmen struggled over the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), engaging in a sometimes testy discussion of individual department CIP submissions, but unable to reach any final decision on what the board thought ought to be spent this year with respect to the plan.
Selectmen Cass Buckley tried to keep the focus on deciding how much the board thought should be spent on the CIP but the discussion kept slipping away into specific details of what different departments wanted according to their submissions, with different selectmen commenting on whether they thought this request or that request had merit or not. Selectman Dick Trask and Chair Stephen Landau spent a lot of time trying to decide if money put into the CIP fund or the same amount of money put into the Unexpended Fund would be subject to inflation. They also discussed how much should be put into the CIP Fund and whether some money from the Unexpended Fund should be used either to buy the fire department’s tanker or to replenish the CIP. Continue reading