LETTER: Time for a change and a fresh set of eyes

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor:

As a lifelong resident of Fairfield, I’ve seen many transformations over the year involving taxes, schools, the character of our downtown, to name a few. Elected officials owe it to the taxpayers to be fiscally responsible while still maintaining excellence in our schools, services to which we’ve become accustomed and the bottom line, making Fairfield the best town possible.

Under Democratic control, there has been a lack of long-term vision for Fairfield. Take for instance our school facilities. When Roger Ludlowe High School re-opened as Fairfield Ludlowe High School, a full investment in facilities should have been made at the time to update the building. It didn’t happen and as a consequence, there are still building projects currently going on at FLHS, one involving new window installation that is over budget and past its due date.

There was no long term vision in building the third middle school in the center of town, which added to the sports field shortage situation and continues to contribute to traffic problems in an already congested area near the train station. And that’s just school facilities, the downtown Library was expanded and rebuilt but lacks adequate parking. We as taxpayers were forced to contribute to the cost of finishing the stalled Metro Center project for a third train station, but we have yet to reap the full tax benefits of that property. The Penfield Pavilion has been bogged down in bureaucratic red tape like a ship without a rudder while we residents lose tax revenue and this valuable destination spot.

In short, our Democrat controlled Board of Selectman now and over the years has short-changed Fairfield with its lack of vision and long-term planning. The amount of tax money spent on our school buildings, library, Metro Center, and Penfield Pavilion should have yielded better results. It hasn’t and our families with children and those on a fixed income suffer the most for it.

It’s time for a change and a fresh set of eyes. It’s time to elect leaders invested in the future of Fairfield.

Please join me in voting for Chris Tymniak and Laurie McArdle on November 3.

Peter Tallman

Candidate for RTM District 8

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