To the editor:
After reading several articles recently, one thing has become rather evident. Property owners rights have come under fire. We are all sure of two things in this world, death & taxes. But at what point does what you pay in tax far outweigh the value of your property use? New ordinances are constantly sprouting up, commissions are constantly on the lookout for what appears to them as improprieties and in the midst of all this confusion does anyone really know what their rights are as property owners. For that matter what rights have been taken away from you without your knowledge? In the past there have been attempts to prohibit owners from cutting trees, making certain modifications to their homes, Setback & Side yard issues and most recently “redefining wetlands”. These are just a few. What is the message here, what is acceptable to the community? My theory is this, TRY to be a good neighbor and be respectful, don’t damage the environment, make every attempt possible to keep your property in order, keep the noise to a minimum when possible, and keep your pets environment suitable. Now the Towns part; maintain services in perspective with what you pay in taxes. trash pick-up, Police, Fire & Ems services, maintain streets & public buildings. One issue at present is little Warren which measures less than 3 miles square has more Boards, commissions and a planner to tell all of us what to do with our property than some major cities.
This is food for thought for Warren, if you don’t own it, stop dictating to people what to do with it. If you want to be able to tell someone what to do, be prepared to write the check! Property owners would like to be able to utilize their property to the “Fullest” without infraction from Boards and so called protective ordinances. Obviously some rules are necessary but if people aren’t harassed, in most cases people tend to do the right thing, everyone wants to have a nice home. No one wants to be dictated to by the Town Planner and told what is best for them. This type of thinking creates animosity. Warren needs to stop attempting to impose potential ordinances that take away your use of property and its value because a select few think that this is what is best for you. “Less is more!”
John L. Tattrie