As a traditional fiscally minded group, the Sandwich Republican Town Committee opposes the Warrant Article for the Active Living Facility and Library Renovations as has been presented by the Sandwich Board of Selectmen. We do not dispute the request that the seniors need or deserve a functional, accessible meeting space and agree that our seniors needs have been dismissed for many years. Additionally, we believe it is unwise to spend millions to renovate the library, since it is a facility which is functionally obsolete. We do not believe these proposals are revenue neutral to the taxpayers and will ultimately financially harm the very group they are trying to service. In short, these proposals are based on revenue which is not guaranteed.
We are disappointed that our Sandwich town government leaders have unilaterally decided how to spend much of this $50+ million we are projected to receive from SIP (formerly NRG) over the next 2 ½ decades. They appear to have done so without a single dissenting opinion or additional offering of ideas by any member of the Board of Selectmen. Since the purchase of a new building for town government, they cannot spend our future tax receipts fast enough as they attempt to convince their constituents that it will not cost them anything. This equates to the average taxpayer receiving a raise at work while your health insurance premiums go up by the same amount, and your employer tries to convince you that your premiums didn’t really increase.
As a reminder, the taxpayers are in the early years of paying for the new public safety complex which is costing homeowners an additional $92 a year for an average home valued at $364,000. In addition, the taxpayers have graciously voted to spend $113 a year for the Wastewater Funding Plan, based on an average home valued at $394,000.
The Sandwich Republican Town Committee is not without its own ideas on how to best serve our community in a fiscally responsible manner and we offer the following suggestions:
1) We propose you give the taxpayers a tax reduction to offset the value of the Public Safety Complex and Wastewater Funding
2) Put forth a tax-reduction package for senior citizens outside what is provided under the Elderly Clause 41
3) Sell property and use the proceeds to invest in new property