To the editor:
It is very clear that the progressive interest groups in Westport continue to pick pocket the taxpayers.
The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was approached in 2012 to allot $30,000 for nitrogen testing of the Bread and Cheese Brook. The goal here is to prove that anything in Westport that is water has to be polluted and therefore we need sewers. This was voted on by the CPC, and was passed on to be voted at the May 2012 Town Meeting. Now CPC is again approached by the same interest groups that would like another $30,000 for additional testing of the Bread and Cheese Brook. And once again at the February 2013 CPC meeting they voted to gave away taxpayer funds to this project.
We all know where this is going. The interest groups that lost their attempt to force sewers in 2004 are back at it again. A sewer system would tax the Westport homeowner out of their homes. The cost of the sewers to be connected to their homes would force them to have to take out mortgages. Then every household would be taxed again so we can have another government agency in town to control and police the sewer system. After all we have to give these new town employees full benefits. And I almost forgot — Who is going to pay for the new sewer plant? The Westport taxpayer will have to.
All conservatives are aware that water testing can be skewed to whatever the interest group wants the results to be. Past independent testing other than the group wanting $60,000 from CPC has shown that there is nowhere the level of nitrogen in the river being reported.
This is one more reason the taxpayers of Westport should be looking at slowing down the spending of CPC funds. We have school buildings that need repairs and can never be funded by CPC because we are being told they do not fit the historical guidelines.
Other towns and cities across the Commonwealth in 2012 have voted to dissolve their Community Preservation Committee, vote not to form a CPC, or at least roll back the tax to a lower level. The town of Norton voted at their town meeting last May to reduce CPC funding from 3% to 1 %.
Westport needs to do the same.
Mary Lou Daxland
Westport CPC member
Westport Republican Town Committee chairwoman