Shares thought on rebuilding of Penfield Pavilion

To the Editor:

I am a semi-retired, long-term resident of Fairfield living on a fixed income and consider myself a member of the middle class.

I believe the town of Fairfield and the state of Connecticut are rapidly reaching the tipping point where you are going to have two classes of people living here — the wealthy who can afford it and the poor who live on benefits. The taxes and high cost of living are driving the middle class out.

We currently have two pavilions on the beach (why we need two is best saved for a historical discussion), one operational and one storm damaged. Yes, the pavilions, gazebo, fishing pier, colorful banners… contribute to making the town attractive, but if you can’t afford to live here, what is the benefit?

Our elected officials have to realize that the tax ATM is empty. They need to take a business case approach to making expenditure decisions, i.e. what is the cost? In the case of the pavilion, what is the revenue stream (positive or negative)? Feel good doesn’t count. The pavilion isn’t an essential government service. How are we going to pay for it? Remember the tax ATM is empty.

We can’t afford it is a valid business decision.


Mark C. Goldstein


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