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An Unsettling Hypocrisy

Published May 08, 2019

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The April 25 edition of the Guilford Courier seems to have unintentionally revealed an unsettling hypocrisy that residents of Guilford (and surrounding towns, if not the whole of the State of Connecticut) should be eager to challenge.

Richard Evans’s letter (“Make Sure We Get More”) provides a telling example of the insidious way (via inflated construction costs, in his example of a recent low-income housing project in town that footed taxpayers with a $4 million-plus bill that netted all of nine housing units) in which we—residents and taxpayers—watch the cost of living rise steadily while our elected representatives tell us there is little that can be done.

In the same issue of the Courier, we learn that our own Board of Selectmen seems eager to impose an increase in the building permit fee that, according to First Selectman Matt Hoey, “gets passed along to the homeowner.” Fellow Selectman Sandy Ruoff’s indifference to adding to the financial burdens of Guilford taxpayers is evident, leaning conveniently on the rationale that higher fees would be “more in line with the fees that surrounding towns are charging.”

In these instances, the winners are the contractors, the recipients of taxpayer-subsidized housing, and town coffers. The losers? Residents and taxpayers. No wonder we need more low-income housing.

Jameson Garrick

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